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KraussMaffei enters AM market with two new 3D printers

The more than 100 year old plastics company is releasing the powerPrint and precisionPrint granulate and resin 3D printers for industrial use

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KraussMaffei, a German company founded in 1838, and headquartered in Munich, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machines and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber, and is majority-owned by China National Chemical Corp. Ltd. (ChemChina), one of the largest chemical companies in China.

Now, for the first time, the company is releasing two large-scale 3D printing systems – the powerPrint and precisionPrint granulate and resin 3D printers – for industrial use. Additive Manufacturing will now complement the existing product portfolio, which includes injection molding, extrusion, and reaction process machinery, as a fourth pillar.

According to 3dpbm’s Polymer AM Market Opportunities and Trends 2020-2030, LFAM (large format additive manufacturing) 3D printing hardware sales alone will generate over $1.1 billion by 2030, up from about $70 million in 2022.

KraussMaffei enters AM market with two new printers. The plastics company is releasing two large-scale 3D printing systems for industrial use “Sustainability and innovation are two mega topics of our industry. They are therefore at the heart of our corporate and product strategy. We are making plastic green with maximum efficiency and quality,” said Dr. Michael Ruf, CEO of KraussMaffei. “We want to be a one-stop solution provider for our customers in all aspects of plastics processing, just as they have known KraussMaffei for many years. With our consulting, our products, and our service, we want to make them fit for a successful, efficient, digital, and, above all, sustainable future. To do this, they need innovative and holistic solutions across the entire product life cycle.”

With the new 3D printers, users can print large, complex plastic components, as well as small parts with high surface quality and detailed resolution, in high volumes.

The machines are supplied as complete solutions that guarantee absolute process stability and part quality. They do not require expensive test prints, which enable customers to achieve significant material and cost savings. “Additive manufacturing ideally complements our existing portfolio. Thanks to our extensive expertise in materials and manufacturing processes, we are able to produce highly efficient 3D printers that offer our customers great added value from day one,” said Dr. Michael Ruf.

At the K 2022 trade show, where the printers will be exhibited, KraussMaffei is positioning itself as a pioneer of the Circular Economy (CE) in the plastics industry. A complete CE cycle will be on display, in which a high-quality automotive part is produced from recyclate. With its modern recycling technology, KraussMaffei, which itself aims to achieve a corporate carbon footprint of zero by 2030, and thus operate its plants in a completely climate-neutral manner, is making an important contribution to avoiding plastic waste.

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Edward Wakefield

Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

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