With a floor area of 141,000 square metres in eleven halls, the Cologne trade fair once will again be the largest furniture store in the world during the IMM. Here the creative people in the industry show their novelties. In design as well as material. 15 prospective wood technicians from the Gsechs University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg are presenting a particularly elegant wine storage series made from teak/oak, cork and slate veneer at the fair. For their furniture, they rely on lubrication-free and maintenance-free plain bearing components from igus®.
It was the idea of building a camera slider capable of taking automated and moving time lapse footage and record smooth camera moves in short films that Paul Saul contacted igus®'s young engineers support. On account of its silent running and low-vibration movement of igus® linear guides, the student decided on a drylin® W rail with a suitable carriage. A stepper motor connected with the carriage through a belt drive provides for camera movement along the rail. This type of motor was chosen to achieve the greatest possible precision for positioning and at the same time high running speeds. The precision is particularly important for focus stacking and to ensure a constant distance during time lapse shooting. The dedicated student printed the camera mount and the motor mounting with his own 3D printer.
This year, igus® is supporting the Team Robo TV of Paul Klee High School in Overath at the World Robot Olympics in Costa Rica. The competition revolves around completing a task within a specified period of time using a Lego robot built and software programmed by the team itself. Jochen Haas and Alexander Albers presented the project on WDR television. It becomes interesting as of minute 06.26:video Lokalzeit WDR. Learn more in the blog about how the World Robot Olympics went for the team.
This journeyman's project consists of a piece of hallway furniture made of oak and MDF painted anthracite that has a movable worktop that permits access to a secret compartment. This invisible guide is made possible through the use of the N17 drylin® low profile linear guide system between worktop and body.
This year 115 teams from 25 countries competed against each other in the international constructors competition at the Hockenhein Ring. This time once more the students relied on the lubrication and maintenance-free products from motion plastics specialist igus®. Whether linear guides in the pedals, carbon shaft on dry bearings in the steering drive or rod ends in the suspension arm – igus® products can be found in a wide range of deployment scenarios.
Chess is one of the most popular mental exercises and it's not only fun with a game partner, but also alone. With the "Chess Buddy", Sebastian Jahn and Julian Krydl have developed a new generation of chess robots as part of their degree thesis. It responds directly to the moves of the human counterpart and shifts the pieces quite autonomously. The motor-driven inner parts of the Chess Buddy consists of two precision aluminium shafts on which lubrication-free drylin® R plain bearings allow an electromagnet to position the chess pieces by sliding smoothly and quietly.
Die Aufgabe einer Gruppe von Studenten aus Heidenheim war es einen fahrbaren Manipulator zu konstruieren und zu bauen, welcher zehn Holzwürfel aufnehmen und diese an einer anderen Stelle des Raumes, in einer dafür vorgesehenen Vorrichtung, zu stapeln. Das Team entschied sich dazu die Würfel über einen Greifer, in eine Schiene auf den Manipulator abzulegen. Die Schiene übernimmt die Funktion eibnes Magazins, das bis zu fünf Würfel aufnehmen kann. Da die Abwurfposition sich in einer höheren Lage befindet, wird die Höhenverstellung durch einen Spindelantrieb sichergestellt. Ein zusätzlicher Spindelantrieb gewährleistet das Auswerfen der Würfel in horizontaler Richtung. Um das Projekt mit geringem Budget zu realisieren wandte sich das Team an den Young Engineers Support von igus. Gemeinsam mit dem Vertrieb wurde die drylin® E Spindelantriebe und die drylin® SLW Spindeln mit passendem Lager für das Projekt ausgewählt und erfolgreich in den Manipulator eingesetzt, den das Team ACHIM tauften (Automated Cube Handling and Insertion Manipulator). Das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen, denn mit den schmier- und wartungsfreien Spindeln und dazu passend ausgelegten Motoren kann der Manipulator die geforderten zehn Holzwürfel innerhalb von vier Minuten aufnehmen, drehen und an die richtige Stelle abwerfen kann.
In der Welt der Formula Student sind Leichtbau und Innovation im Tagesgeschäft integriert. Auch die Installation eines DRS (Drag Reduction System) des Formula Student Teams Global Formula Racing aus Friedrichshafen erforderte leichte aber gleichzeitig auch stabile und verschleißfeste Komponenten, daher wandte sich das Team an den Young Engineers Support. Mittels des 3D-Druckservice von igus® bekam das Team die „Wing Inserts“ einfach und schnell gedruckt. Die Inserts ermöglichen eine stabile und zugleich bewegliche Gestaltung des Flügels. Die passgenaue und schnelle Fertigung führte dazu, dass die Inserts sofort am Flügelprofil befestigt wurden.
The Team McGravity sponsored by igus® took a successful 6th place in the German championships of Formula 1 at Schools. At total of 230 teams throughout Germany wanted to win the highly coveted Formula 1 in Schools cup. The team from Hamburg had already taken second place in the state championships thus securing their entry in the German championships along with 16 other teams. These championships were an opportunity for the team to compete in various categories such as fastest car or team standing.
The Team B-Human of the University of Bremen sponsored by igus® won once again the Robocup German Open as the best German robot football team following a tense final against the HTWK's team from Leipzig with a score of 4:1. Already in the preliminary round and in the semifinal, the team won against the competition from Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy. The German Champions are now preparing for the upcoming world championship in Japan, where their objective is to defend their title as World Champions.
In this year's F1 in the School South-East regional championship, the Team Infinite Speed from Jakob Fugger High School took home the title of Vice-champion of Bavaria. The team from Augsburg deployed iglidur® J3 plain bearings both in the stub axles and in the front spoiler. Infinite Speed's team pits similarly won over the jury. In particular, the jury was so impressed by the idea of displaying information on the team members and the car on a touch display using barcodes they had programmed themselves that the team received the special prize for the best team stand of the senior teams from the whole of Bavaria, Hessen, Austria and the Netherlands.
The Frantic Racing team from Grootmoor High Scholl in Hamburg were able to win first place for the best design with their racing car in the Hamburg state championship of Formula 1 in School. igus® supported the team both with building up the prototype and with the final car with xiros® ball bearings made of xirodur®® B180. Furthermore, plain bearings made of iglidur® G was used in the guide elements. For the Formula 1 in School races, the car is pulled on a guide string so that it remains securely on the track for the length of the course. In order to surround this cord as securely as possible, the students deployed our plain bearings on the bottom of the cars.
The "Public Brewing" project is an interactive media facade on the building of the Uerige house brewery in Düsseldorf. igus® donated drylin® ZLW to ensure that virtually produced beer – with the visitors controlling the process involving the crushing of malt through to bottling by operating various buttons, pumps and handles – is also followed by the real thing emerging.