Automatic instant online pricing for 3D-printed parts in technical plastics

igus, the motion plastics specialist, has undertaken extensive research and development into 3D printing filament in order to offer its industrial customers more freedom in their product design and prototyping. The result was the world’s first technical plastic filament and SLS powder for use in 3D printing, designed specifically for moving applications. Customers can purchase the filament for use in their own 3D printers or specify and order parts direct from igus via its easy online ordering and 3D printing service, which now offers automatic instant pricing.

Using the tribo-filament, it is now possible to create 3D-printed plain bearings that deliver both form and function. 50 times more wear-resistant than conventional 3D printing materials, it was developed for engineers that need to create structurally robust prototypes or even small batch samples for real-world tests. The lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur 3D printing materials have exceptional strength, even when compared to parts made traditionally via machining and injection moulding.

The process of purchasing parts made with igus 3D printing materials is now even easier via the igus 3-step online ordering and 3D printing service:

  1. Drag and drop your .stl file into the igus configurator.
  2. With the 360° viewer, check your model and enter the units of measurement you require.
  3. Select a suitable material, your desired order quantity, and place your selection in the shopping basket to receive your instant price

“Thanks to 3D printing, the prices are competitive for making both prototypes and small batches for production,” says igus director, Robert Dumayne. “Depending on project complexity, completed 3D-printed parts can be delivered in as little as 24 hours.”

For further information about the online 3D printing service, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/3d_printeror call igus directly on 01604 677240. Follow us at twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/YouTube, connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/Facebook and read our blog on blog.igus.co.uk.

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Video of the Week – CFRIP® tool

igus® Video of the Week – online 3D printing service with instant quotations

Stripping the insulation jacket from high quality cables is a very time consuming operation.  If performed manually with a sharp cutting tool the insulation of the inner core cables can be damaged, and may result in a safety hazard or expensive scrapping of material.  The risk is compounded when long lengths of cable jackets have to be stripped.

igus® has introduced the CFRIP® tear strip, along with a special plastic hand tool, that reduces cable insulation stripping times by up to 50% – saving both time and money.  Requiring no cutting operation with metal tools, the outer jacket (inner jacket on shielded types) can be quickly and safely removed to the desired length.

This feature is now available on 569 e-chain® cables, including the new CF78.UL PUR control cable, providing quick and easy cable striping without damaging the core insulation or outer jacket.  The CFRIP® technology received the IF Design Award in 2016.

Video of the Week – clever plastics for any bearing application with iglidur®

igus® Video of the Week – online 3D printing service with instant quotationsThis week’s video of the week explores the versatility of iglidur® plastic plain bearings from industrial tribo-polymer specialist, igus® – delivering high performance across the widest range of applications and industries.

iglidur® polymer plain bearings offer versatile, low cost, lubrication and maintenance-free operation across the broadest range of industries and applications, including automotive, aerospace, food and packaging, agriculture and construction. iglidur® plastic bearings are clean and dry-running, eliminating dirt and debris build-up, as well as lightweight and low-wear – with all iglidur® materials extensively tested in the igus® test lab in Cologne, the industry’s largest facility for testing plastic plain bearings.

This is why igus® can always offer a solution, even for demanding applications with high loads or those requiring resistance to extreme temperatures, UV rays or chemicals. Furthermore, using iglidur® plain bearings in your application can reduce costs and at the same time increase service life.

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