Additive Manufacturing Arburg Internet TV: live broadcast with additive manufacturing experts

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Germany — Well over 650 viewers took part in Arburg’s third Internet TV broadcast on 25 March 2021. The company's experts Lukas Pawelczyk and Martin Neff shared their combined expertise in additive manufacturing and showcased a host of application examples. The interactive programme also featured a live link-up between the TV studio and the Arburg Prototyping Center in Lossburg.

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Arburg experts Lukas Pawelczyk (left) and Martin Neff (midlde) talked to host Guido Marschall (Plas.TV) about the potential offered by additive manufacturing and the Freeformer and were ready with the answers to every question posed by the attendees.
Arburg experts Lukas Pawelczyk (left) and Martin Neff (midlde) talked to host Guido Marschall (Plas.TV) about the potential offered by additive manufacturing and the Freeformer and were ready with the answers to every question posed by the attendees.
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During the third Arburg X Vision internet broadcast, experts from the company examined a wide range of aspects relating to industrial additive manufacturing. They highlighted the potential of Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) with the Freeformer and succinctly expressed the benefits and added value this method brings compared with injection moulding and other conventional techniques.

Live polls provided interesting insights into industry trends. They revealed that 70 % of the German attendees and 90 % of the international participants are already using additive manufacturing in their companies — primarily in the automotive and medical technology industries. Thus, the third programme brought together a respectable AM community, the company is convinced. Around one in three participants are intending to produce prototypes using additive manufacturing techniques in the future. In addition, interest is also growing in “real” functional components: 46 % of the German participants and 66 % of the international audience wish to expand their use of additive manufacturing for devices and series production parts.

Live link to the Arburg Prototyping Center

During two live links to the Arburg Prototyping Center in Lossburg, APF technology consultant Simon Leitl revealed what needs to be taken into account when optimising components produced using additive manufacturing processes. He presented the individual components of the Freeformer 300-3X and demonstrated how benchmark components are produced in the APC. What’s more, the attendees got to find out more about how data processing works — from importing the CAD file, placement on the part carrier, automatic analysis and slicing, right the way up to the automatic transfer of the build job to the machine. One aspect of particular interest saw the company’s digital world integrated via the arburgXworld customer portal. For example, the “ProcessLog” app, which was specially developed for the Freeformer, enables all orders as well as machine and process data to be seamlessly tracked. And in the Shop app, spare parts can be ordered at any time of the day or night. The practical session of the broadcast was rounded off with a brief explanation of the material qualification process and included interesting examples of components.

Additive manufacturing pushes boundaries

During the final panel discussion with host Guido Marschall, the experts summarised the main findings of the digital theme day. “The Freeformer and the APF process enable a game without limits,” said Lukas Pawelczyk, rounding up the discussion. “We see ourselves as enablers in this respect.” He explained how his team supports both existing injection moulding customers and professionals in the AM industry alike. More and more often, prospective customers are coming to Arburg with components that cannot be produced using conventional methods. “The industry has matured but you still need to be a bit daring if you want to take full advantage of the potential offered by additive manufacturing,” stated Martin Neff with conviction. “If you incorporate the technology right from the initial design phase, you will achieve results and the added value you generate will also open up options in terms of pricing.”

Next broadcast on 29 April 2021

Titled "By professionals for professionals – turnkey means: quality from a single source", the fourth broadcast will air on Thursday, 29 April 2021. During the show, Andreas Reich, Head of the Turnkey department, and application technology expert Bernd Eble will explain how custom-automated turnkey systems and innovative cube technology can be used to fully harness production potential. Live links to the Lossburg assembly facility and model customer Hermann Hauff will provide insights into Arburg’s project management work and the practical application of a cube system.

If you would like to attend and stay up to date with the series, visit the company's website and register. Registration also includes access to all events and to the Media Center where all episodes will be available to watch on demand shortly after broadcast.

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