Arburg sells first Freeformer in Asia to Singapore moulder

German injection moulding machine maker Arburg has been all agog since its Freeformer additive manufacturing machine made its debut at the K show in 2013. Since then the company has shown the machine at Chinaplas in Guangzhou and in Thailand for the first time at the TPlas for the Southeast Asian market. Already a Freeformer has been sold to Singapore-based moulder Tempco Manufacturing that will be using it for prototyping. “Tempco has 99 Arburg machines now and has ordered the 100th machine that will be arriving sometime in October. The first Freeformer for the Asian market was delivered to Tempco in late June,” said David Chan, Managing Director, Arburg Singapore, speaking at the recently held TPlas show in Bangkok, Thailand.

Using the Arburg Plastic Freeforming process, the system additively manufactures design and functional samples from standard plastics based on 3D CAD data, without the need for a mould. At TPlas, the Freeformer combined a standard ABS granulate with a special support material. The supporting structures used during the additive manufacturing of the gear cards and spray heads for cosmetics containers can be subsequently removed in a water bath.

The Freeformer shown at TPlas will make its way to Indonesia, for another exhibition at the year end, said David.

Tempco utilises its injection/compression machines to produce parts for the electric/electronics market, including companies like GE, Schneider and Hager. Besides the traditional moulding, it undertakes thermoset compression/injection moulding, insert/SMC moulding and TPE overmoulding.


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