Type of event: Trade fair
Where do professional 3D printing and plastics processing compete with each other – and where are they complementary? Which additive manufacturing processes can already be used for series produc-tion? Plastics professionals will find answers to these and many more questions at the 2020 AM Expo.
The media hype surrounding 3D printing has died down somewhat, but the technologies are still continuing to evolve – and growth rates in series production are strong. At the Additive Manufacturing Expo, you'll learn how to use new materials for successful series production with additive technology.
As well as showcasing practical examples of applications, 120 exhibitors will answer important questions from plastics professionals about the potential of additive manufacturing.
Injection mold with optimized conformal cooling
At the AM Expo, BSF Bünter AG will demonstrate how an existing injection mold for a suitcase lock could be replaced by an additively manufactured mold that provides the benefit of conformal cooling. This innovation vastly reduced the cycle time – the dominant cost factor – and allowed more regular cooling of the plastic part. The outcome: an injection-molded part not only of higher quality – but also at lower cost.
Near-production-quality plastics: shorter development times
The IWK Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing is presenting a project that aims to test and compare additive manufacturing processes where series-produced plastics can be used. One of the first results is additive manufacturing with thermoreactive expandable thermoplastics to produce prototypes for the automotive industry using the AKF (Arburg Plastic Freeforming) and FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) processes.
Would you like to see live demonstrations of these and many more examples of additive manufacturing applications? If so, visit the AM Expo on 3 and 4 March 2020 in Lucerne, and discover what additive manufacturing means for you as a plastics professional.
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