A TiQ 2 from innovatiQ will also demonstrate the 3D printing of operating equipment and robotic grippers from fibre-reinforced filament.
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.
In Fakuma 2023’s additive manufacturing area, the new high-temperature version of the Freeformer 750-3X will be producing 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 square centimetres, the part carrier is around 2.5 times larger. This means that larger functional parts can be produced with plastic granules using Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) and small batches can be additively manufactured on an industrial basis. Many APF components will be on display at Fakuma, including orthopaedic insoles as two-component parts that can be individually adapted to the footbed.
The TiQ 2 can process fibre-reinforced filaments based on PA and PP, for example, using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process. This 3D printer is particularly economical and also ideal as an entry-level additive manufacturing solution thanks to its open material system. The compact production machine has a CNC controller, metal chassis and an enclosed safety area.
Items on show at Fakuma 2023 will include resilient suction pads and mechanical grippers made of fibre-reinforced PA and PP with individualised fingers for picking up components, mounted on robot arms. 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. All 3D printers from innovatiQ are operated using the intuitive GestiQ-Pro industrial controller. The optional SmartMonitoring system allows several printers to be monitored simultaneously during production.