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Arburg's newest Freeformer processes medical PEEK granulate into implants
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:24.Nov.2021

At formnext 2021, Arburg presented its innovations for industrial additive manufacturing. Its international team of AM experts put on a strong show together with InnovatiQ. The highlight was the world premiere of the high-temperature Freeformer 300-3X, which processed medically approved PEEK granulate to produce skull implants.



Arburg’s stand at formnext 2021.

“As an original exhibitor and member of the trade fair advisory board, we have been actively involved for years in making formnext the central meeting place for the AM world. We are pleased that we made a successful appearance at this year’s trade fair despite a difficult environment,” said Dr Christoph Schumacher, Head of Marketing at Arburg.

At the fairground, Arburg presented the world’s first high-temperature Freeformer 300-3X, which processed the medically approved PEEK granulate Vestakeep i4G from Evonik into skull implants.


With the “ProcessLog” customer portal app, a wide range of process and construction order data can be clearly displayed for APF parts.

The machine’s build chamber can be heated to 200 degrees Celsius and the plastic material to up to 450 degrees Celsius. Visitors were also able to see for themselves how the process quality of medical technology products and other safety-relevant components can be reliably documented and traced back 100% using the “ProcessLog” customer portal app.


The products from AM practice showed that Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) covers a wide range of applications from resorbable implants and sophisticated PP components to complex hard/soft connections. Also on display were items such as flexibly adaptable operating equipment, electrically conductive components, and soft shoe soles with a honeycomb structure.


tesa uses the Freeformer to turn adhesive in the form of granules into thin adhesive layers.

Part highlights from world-famous Freeformer customers include customized baseball bats from US sports goods manufacturer Wilson and wafer-thin adhesives from adhesive solution expert tesa.


In addition to Arburg’s Freeformer exhibits, innovatiQ’s portfolio was also on display at the stand. From 1 December, both divisions will be bundled under the management of Dr. Victor Roman in a new subsidiary, ARBURGadditive GmbH + Co KG.



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