- MSV 2014: gold medal for Freeformer
- New system for additive manufacturing presented in the Czech Republic for the first time
- Minister for Trade and Industry presents award
Lossburg, 20-10-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — At the 56th International Engineering Fair in Brno, the MSV 2014, the Freeformer was presented to the Czech trade visitors for the first time. With great success: the new industrial system for the additive manufacturing of functional plastic parts was awarded the gold medal in the category “Best Innovative Exhibit”.
“We’re delighted that our Freeformer was awarded the gold medal. We will share this success with our existing and new customers,” said Jaroslav Novak, Managing Director of Arburg’s subsidiary in the Czech Republic. The competition is sponsored by the Czech Association for Industry and Trade and the Czech University, and adjudicated by an international panel of judges. This year, 24 exhibits were nominated, of which five received awards. Jan Mládek, Minister for Trade and Industry, presented the award for the Freeformer in the setting of a gala evening on 29 September 2014.
Industrial additive manufacturing
The Freeformer and the additive Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF) process, which celebrated their world premiere at the K 2013, convinced the panel of judges and the trade visitors in Brno alike. The capability to process inexpensive, commercially available standard granulates and to produce fully-functional components based on 3D CAD data without a mould is unique. As with injection moulding, the granulate is first melted in a plasticising cylinder. The plastic droplets are then applied in layers onto the component carrier using a stationary discharge unit featuring a special nozzle. The desired three-dimensional component is thus created layer-by-layer.
The range of products which can be manufactured additively with the Freeformer includes components with complex geometries, hard/soft combinations and fully functional replacement parts. Brand new for the Freeformer is the option of building up water-soluble structures from a special supporting material. This makes it possible to achieve unusual or complex component geometries.
German machine manufacturer Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of injection moulding machines with clamping forces between 125 and 5,000 kN. This is complemented by robotic systems, customer- and sector-specific turnkey solutions and further peripherals. An innovative additive manufacturing system developed in-house was added to the plastic processing range in 2013.
In keeping with its motto “Arburg for efficient injection moulding”, the company places the topic of production efficiency at the centre of all its activities, taking into account the entire value-added chain. The objective is to enable the Arburg customers to manufacture their plastic products, whether one-off parts or high-volume production, in optimal quality and at minimum unit costs – e.g. for the automotive and packaging industries, communication and entertainment electronics, medical technology, or the white goods sector.
An international sales and service network guarantees first-class, local customer support. Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. The machines are produced exclusively at the parent factory in Lossburg, Germany. From a total of around 2,350 employees, around 1,950 work in Germany. About 400 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world. In 2012, Arburg became one of the first companies to gain triple certification: to ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 50001 (Energy).
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com.
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