Product novelty 09. October 2023

Additive Manufacturing: Industrial 3D printing with freeformer 750-3X and TiQ 2

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The freeformer 750-3X additively manufactures resilient functional parts
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Ventilation ducts made of original high-temperature plastic Ultem 9085
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The TiQ 2 3D processes fibre-reinforced materials for operating equipment
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The TiQ 2 is also predestined for end-of-arm tooling (EAOT)
In the additive manufacturing area, ARBURG presents a high-temperature version of its new freeformer 750-3X and the 3D printer TiQ 2. The compact 3D printers from the TiQ series process filaments while the freeformers produce resilient functional components from original and certified plastic granules, including in hard/soft combination. These high-end machines are suitable for sophisticated applications in areas such as medical technology, the automotive industry and aerospace.

The new high-temperature freeformer 750-3X produces geometrically sophisticated ventilation ducts from original material Ultem 9085. To achieve this, the temperature of the build chamber can be raised to 200 °C, and the granules are plasticised at up to 450 °C. The high-end machine has three discharge units and, from the outside, is indistinguishable from the freeformer 300-3X. However, at around 750 cm2, the part carrier is around 2.5 times larger. This means that larger functional parts and small batches can be produced with plastic granules using ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF).

Many APF components will be on display at Fakuma, including orthopaedic insoles as two-component parts that can be individually adapted to the footbed. Data processing and the GESTICA controller have been optimised in terms of process stability, component quality and build time. The result is significantly reduced costs per part and lower material usage.

The second exhibit is a TiQ 2, which can process fibre-reinforced filaments based on PA and PP, using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process. This compact production machine e. g. produces resilient suction pads and mechanical grippers made of fibre-reinforced PA and PP with individualised fingers for picking up components. In addition to the additive manufacturing of end-of-arm tooling (EAOT), the open material system is perfect for the cost-effective 3D printing of devices and other operating equipment.