igus recently expanded 3D printing service, which is particularly suitable for the short-term production of wear-resistant parts. The company uses 3D printing to cost-effectively produce prototypes or batches within a very short time. The main advantage of additive manufacturing is that the designer has maximum freedom in the design of his component, without having to invest in expensive steel tools with long delivery times. The company manufactures the solutions from its highly wear-resistant iglidur tribo-polymers. Tests in the in-house laboratory show that they are up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than standard polymers and can keep up with injection-moulded parts in terms of wear resistance. The printed wear-resistant parts made of high-performance polymers are also lightweight and quiet in motion - important criteria for vehicle construction. Printed solutions from igus are already being used in turbochargers, as pivot bearings in wheel carriers or for mounting a gas ring in special vehicle construction.
print2mold process ensures the free choice of materials
In the 3D printing service, the user can freely choose between different manufacturing processes, for instance, they can either manufacture their component using the laser sintering process with the iglidur I3 or iglidur I6 tribo-polymers or alternatively using seven different filaments using the FDM process. For the individual component to be made from the ideal iglidur material for the respective application, igus also offers the print2mold process. An injection moulding tool is printed for the special solution and is then used in the injection moulding machine. This allows the user to make free use of the iglidur material range with its 55 tribo-polymers.
Wear-resistant components requested online
The way to a lubrication-free special solution is very simple: call up the 3D printing service at www.igus.in/iglidur-designer, upload the STEP file of the component and select the appropriate material. The price for production (in the print2mold process including the costs for the injection moulding tool) as well as information about the material, precision and flexural strength are shown online. After selecting the appropriate tribo-polymer, the user can enter the quantity and directly request a quotation from igus or order the parts. The additively manufactured special solutions are available after for shipping in 3 to 5 days. In the case of the print2mold process, the injection-moulded solutions are ready for shipping after 10 business days.