igus® continues to expands it's offering for additive manufacturing and 3D printing services. These custom manufacturing methods include Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Digital Light Processing (DLP) and print2mold® methods for 3D printed injection molds. In addition, there are a variety of 3D printing materials in the shop for purchase including SLS powder material, FDM filament and DLP resin. In addition, igus® offers a 3D Printing Service tool, a Bearing Designer (FastLine Service) for Injection Molding, and a free online CAD Library Configurator.
Because of this continued expansion and dedication to all of these services, more than 5,000 active customers worldwide have trusted igus® to assist in a wide range of projects. From prototyping and small batches, customers have been able to receive wear-resistant parts quickly that have allowed them to reduce costs and extend service life in a variety of applications.
"That works like a well-oiled machine - only better!" The broken gear of a tractor used by igus was reverse-engineered and printed within a few hours.
For repair of the roof-mounted water cannons of airport fire-extinguishing vehicles, the maintenance technicians of Fraport AG found cost-effective replacement parts in the form of printed gears made of iglide i3 that satisfied the high load-capacity requirements.
A 3D printed gear improved tolerances and ensured smooth "floating".
A complex bevel gear was required for the drive unit of a dispenser. The dosing unit's small installation space meant that only 3D printed components could be used, since they were able to meet the complex geometry and requirements.
To allow long exposures in astrophotography, a device with a gear and motor was developed to counteract the Earth's rotation. The gear made of iglide i150 ensures precision and stability.
Because the manufacturer was unable to supply spare parts for his e-bike's gearbox, the customer had igus print gears made of iglide i3. The result is improved performance and complete satisfaction.
Even after it had been in use for more than 2,000 miles in a vintage car, the customer was unable to detect any signs of wear on the replicated intermediate shaft with toothed gear made of iglide i6.
Robust pinion with special dimensions delivered in less than 72 hours iglide i6 in use in a racing car as a chain tensioner in the chain drive.
"A high degree of flexibility and fast delivery times are crucial when it comes to prototype construction. It is exactly these qualities that we like about using the igus online configurator to select gears from a wide variety of different types and have them printed quickly. " -Easelink founder Hermann Stockinger
The standard metal pinion generates a lot of noise when in use. After two months of use in two wheels , the replacement part made of iglide i3 has reduced the noise output considerably.
For an AI-controlled waste separation system, the company ZenRobotics needed plain bearings with a special geometry. Thanks to the igus print2mold process, the components could be produced quickly and more cost-effectively.
Replacing the regular plastic plain bearing with a 3D printed model made of iglide i3 means that the pram no longer has to be lubricated and now runs very smoothly.
Until now, the fully automated coffee machine cup tray was adjusted to the cup size by hand. To fully automate tray adjustment, the project team from Maschinenbauschule Ansbach, a mechanical engineering educational institution, developed a motor-driven moveable cup tray with sensor-controlled height adjustment.
For a winding machine, Conti Tech Schlauch GmbH needed a cross-threaded spindle that ensures that the thread is laid directly or by means of thread guidance through the groove. The solution previously used necessitated the regular replacement of individual components, which were difficult to obtain and were also cost-intensive due to the complicated geometry of the cross-threaded spindle.
A device was manufactured from iglide i190 using filament extrusion (FDM) & selective laser sintering (SLS) so that drylin linear rails can rest at right angles on a profile saw's working surface. An optimal solution for precise cutting of large orders.
To make the igus cable carriers more durable, adapter clips for the transition between glide pad and cable carrier were developed. The adapters made of iglide i6 were printed and tested together with the 3D printing team. Conclusion: "Comparable to injection molding."
Whether you're interested in turnkey, fully assembled solutions or looking to build your own customizable project, let us assist you with a solution based on your specific application and requirements. Contact us via the form below or call us at (800) 521-2747 to discuss your project today!