One year ago, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG became the first plastics machinery company to get into the business of making additive manufacturing machines, launching trial production.
Plastics News' Steve Toloken caught up with Heinz Gaub, Arburg's managing director for technology and engineering, at Germany's Fakuma show last week for an update. Gaub spoke about what they see as the potential for additive manufacturing — Arburg prefers that term, rather than 3-D printing — to bring “quite a significant change in production technology of plastic parts.”
“Next year we will go to the market with a significant three digit number of machines … and then in the years to come, we don't know yet, to be honest. But from the interest we see, we assume this will be a rapidly growing business segment for Arburg.”