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Expoplast is part of a comprehensive advanced manufacturing trade show and conference that also brings together PackEx, Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Design & Manufacturing and Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) under one umbrella.
The Freeformer 300-3X will be able to process three components, “the first time we are able to create resilient, hard-soft combinations with a support structure," said Gerhard Böhm of Arburg (Lossburg, Germany).
Thermoplastic vulcanizates combine processability with rubber-like properties but are not suited for applications where chemical and temperature resistance are required properties. To fill this gap, Kraiburg TPE (Waldkraiburg, Germany) has developed thermoplastic elastomer hybrids.
Innolite GmbH (Aachen, Germany) molded a plastic free-form lens with micro-structured features on the Fakuma show floor. Arburg collaborated with Innolite on the development of the lens and loaned a machine for the demo.