3D printing and additive manufacturing showcase at K2016

  • Arburg will present the Freeformer, launched at K2013, with updates such as an optimised build chamber with improved air and temperature control. A material dryer is also optionally available, integrated in the machine control system, plus maintenance intervals for the discharge system have been significantly extended. New applications, materials and parts will be presented on a total of three Freeformers.

  • German silicones company Wacker Chemie says up till now “there is no mature 3D printing technology available for silicones”. It will show the Aceo Imagine Series K printer. Based on a drop-on-demand method developed by Wacker, it deposits tiny drops of silicone on a water-soluble substrate. The silicone is formulated so that the droplets flow together prior to UV-activated curing. The use of water-soluble materials allows overhangs and internal lattices. It is said to print considerably faster and with contact-less technology enables freedom in design. The printer is targeted at healthcare, transportation, rapid prototyping, electronics/optics, automotive and aerospace industries.

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