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Additive Manufacturing 20 MoldMaking Technology —— JULY 2018 Plastic Additive Machine Offers Material Choice and Optimization With a freeformer and numerous functional parts, Arburg Inc. says its Plastic Freeformer (APF) is suitable for prototyping and industrial additive manufacturing of functional parts. Freeformer customers can qualify their own materials using the APF process and optimize process parameters to the application at hand. Arburg says that an enormous advantage in this context is that certified original materials can be used. In addition to amorphous standard granules such as ABS, PA and PC, the company's range of qualified materials includes elastic TPE, medical-grade PLLA, PC that is approved for the aerospace industry and semi-crystalline PP. Arburg Inc. / 860-667-6500 / Technology Combines Processes for Strong, Lightweight Components KraussMaffei offers FiberForm technology and the GXW 450-2000/1400 multi- component injection molding machine cell featuring swivel plate technology. The FiberForm process combines the thermoforming of organo sheets and injection molding into a single process. This process results in fiber-reinforced plastic components that are particularly lightweight yet feature a high level of strength. KraussMaffei says that FiberForm is a high-strength, lightweight metal replacement for the automotive industry. The company describes the process as an ideal combination of thermoforming and injection molding and says that it is a one-step procedure for using an integrated reshaping process in the mold. The company says that the technology has short cycle times and the capa- bility of handling large industrial quantities. Krauss-Maffei Corp. / 859-283-0200 / Robotics Work on 3D Parts to Increase Throughput in Automation Cell An automation cell from Methods Machine Tools Inc. is designed to decrease the time from 3D printing to final post-processing by combining additive manu- facturing with robotics and subtractive processes, which provides fast, highly efficient production of finished 3D parts. The 20-ft. cell includes a 3D-printed product in-feeding station which shuttles 3D parts on build plates into a FANUC America C600 EDM that makes a cut between the parts and build plates. In the next station, a FANUC robot snaps the plates from the printed parts and transfers the parts to a FANUC RoboDrill for a final machining operation. FANUC America / 248-377-7000 / Methods Machine Tools Inc. / 978-443-5388 / Economic 3D Printer Uses Powder Bed Process O.R. Laser says its Orlas Creator metal 3D printing platform offers a new paradigm for the high quality, economic 3D printing of metal products and parts. According to O.R. Laser, Orlas Creator has a powder bed process that utilizes a high-quality laser and a proprietary recoater blade that has speeds up to 30 percent faster than comparable systems. O.R. Laser is releasing the Orlas Creator with an open source materials approach, which means that customers are not locked into an arrangement with any specific materials supplier. However, the company is aware of the issues that arise from processing metal AM powders, and the company says it is keen to offer its customers options for optimal performance with the Orlas Creator. Therefore, O.R. Laser is in collaboration with Heraeus with the goal of quali- fying Heraeus powdered materials for the Orlas Creator and then developing specific 3D printing parameters and guidelines for Heraeus powders. To do that, Heraeus will obtain an Orlas Creator system and test it with a wide range of its powdered materials. O.R. Laser / 847-593-5711 /

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