This week’s video of the week introduces the latest tribo-filament material for 3D printing from industrial tribo-polymer specialist, igus®.
Previously, igus® introduced the world’s first structural plastic filament for use in 3D printing. 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. A number of variants are available to suit different application requirements.
While still offering very good wear-resistance, this new iglidur® l150 variant is even easier to process and print compared with other igus® tribo-filaments. It can be used in any 3D printer for which a nozzle temperature of approximately 250 °C can be set – with or without a heated printing plate, if an adhesive foil is used
In this week’s video of the week, we take a tour through the igus® chainflex® test lab in Cologne, the world’s largest facility for testing moving cables.
As part of its commitment to customer success, igus® has operated an extensive test lab for more than 20 years. This state-of-the-art 2750m² facility carries out more than 2 billion test cycles per year. Conducting more than 700 tests simultaneously, four test robots put igus® chainflex® cables and energy chain® carriers through their paces in a series of demanding material tests, including torsion testing and -40ºC cold chamber test stations.
More than 5000 measurement locations are monitored continuously, taking 1.4 million electrical measurements per year. As well as rigorous and comprehensive testing to igus® standards, customer-specific application testing is also undertaken. All tests are systematically documented; this exacting process is part of how igus® is able to offer customers a 36-month guarantee on its cables and carriers, giving them the reassurance that their system will deliver a reliable long life.
igus® has enjoyed an eventful quarter of a century in the UK, starting from small beginnings as a supplier of a limited number of components, and growing rapidly to become one of the most respected manufacturers in the country. These days, igus® offers an unrivalled range of plastic plain bearings, spherical bearings, linear guides, cable carriers and continuous-flex cables, while also producing fully integrated systems.
Managing director, Matthew Aldridge, has been with the company since its early days: “Over the last 25 years, igus® has grown considerably and been involved with many high-profile projects. We’re looking forward to the next 25 years.”
During this year’s MACH exhibition at the NEC, igus® formally celebrated its 25th anniversary within the machine tooling industry. Viewers of this week’s video of the week will see some of the highlights of the busy show and may spot themselves on the stand – if you do, please tweet us at @igusUK using the hashtag #spotigus and we’ll send you a gift.
igus® can be found at an exhibition on average every four weeks – upcoming shows include Automechanika Birmingham, Hillhead, and Manufacturing & Engineering North East. If you are registered to attend any of these events, please do drop by our stand.
This week we get a taste of the highlights from the igus® stand atHannover Fair – the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.
The igus® stand showcased 138 product innovations and additions to its portfolio. As well as substantial updates to the capabilities of its cables, energy chains and bearings, igus® showcased its affordable robotic arm kit and 3D printing technology, demonstrating its ongoing significant investment in R&D, designed to drive customer success.
One of the key innovations demonstrated was its smart plastics for Industry 4.0 – designed to increase protection against failure via intelligent products powered by onboard sensors, monitoring and communication, enabling predictive maintenance.
In this week’s video of the week, igus® demonstrates how well e-chains® perform under real-world test conditions in different concentrations of bentonite – a mixture often used in the Offshore industry.
Bentonite is an absorbent clay that is used at low concentrations in drilling fluids to help lubricate and cool the cutting tools, as well as flush away chips and swarf. Another benefit of using this type of fluid is to prevent blowouts.
At high concentrations the bentonite mixture is very thick, taking on the characteristics of a gel. In this form, the mixture is used to stop contamination of the fluid being drilled by the drilling fluid, using a caulking technique.
After 100,000 strokes, the energy chains remained undamaged; tests for resistance to dirt, seawater, chemicals and extreme temperatures have also been performed with equal results. As a result, OEMs servicing the offshore industry can benefit from an affordable and reliable energy chain system that operates safely and reliably under various extreme environments over a long service life.
igus® has introduced a new online 3D printing service using lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur® tribo-filament. These parts are extremely strong even when compared to traditionally machined and injection-moulded techniques, making them suitable for low cost prototyping and low volume manufacturing.
For an instant quotation, easy-to -use online 3D printing service can be completed in three simple steps …
- Drag and drop your STL file into the igus® configurator
- With the 360° viewer, check your model and enter the units of measurement
- Select a suitable tribo-filament, the desired order quantity and place your selection in the shopping basket to instantly receive a quotation
Once the order is placed and depending on the complexity of the design, your product can be delivered in as little as 24 hours.
Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus®, introduces one solution to the UK’s productivity puzzle – by intellectually outsourcing secondary tasks, OEMs can concentrate on their core skills.
“We are experiencing a rise in demand for subassemblies that can be slotted directly into industrial machines,” says Aldridge.
Customised readychain® is a more cost effective way to order multiple components, because the cables and hoses come pre-assembled in the energy chain. Advantages of choosing readychain® are clear to see, in terms of reducing cost and time for the OEM, eliminating inventory costs, and increasing factory capacity. In addition, readychain® is fully tested and certified and delivered with a guarantee.
Automating tasks greatly assists manufacturing effectiveness, enabling lower costs, shorter production times and faster response with local production. The drylin® E modular gantry system from igus® provides a simple, affordable and reliable way of automating pick-and-place, test and measurement, or labelling and marking functions.
A complete system can be easily constructed utilising drylin® E linear modules, toothed belts, gear racks and NEMA stepper motors. igus® energy chains and cabling are used to protect wiring during movement and assist gantry Operation.
The maintenance-free drylin® E flat gantry requires no external lubrication and offers clean, corrosion free operation. It is suitable for loads up to 30kg, and can reach speeds of up to 1.5m/s. Go to the igus® website, configure a gantry to have a full system assembled and shipped in 24 hours at: www.igus.co.uk/dryline
A rugged, yet light weight alternative to the traditional steel drag chains used in the offshore industry, igus® offshore e-chains® make an ideal fit for harsh environments or those hard to access places. Available in a wide selection of sizes, they can accommodate cables and hoses with large diameters safely to the application, whether it’s offshore, on drilling rigs or ships, or in the harbour.
With their tribopolymer structure, offshore e-chains® are naturally UV and sea water resistant and, because they are self-lubricating, do not require continued maintenance. Their strength allows hanging applications of up to 200m in length, whilst maintaining a flexible, modular design that is quick and easy to install.
Offshore e-chains® can be used in many ways in various offshore applications, including chain-block and e-chain drum versions. ATEX solutions are also available. To watch a short clip showing some of the potential applications where igus® offshore e-chains® can be used, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/offshore2016
In the furniture industry, cleanliness and weight saving are vital. Examples of where igus® products offer big benefits include: smooth table drawers, clean bearings for rotary and pivoting motion, elegant and secure cable management, low profile linear guides for moving sofa components, variable seat settings or individual height adjustments.
The use of technical polymers in place of ball bearings enables lubricant-free designs that do not attract dirt. This eliminates the risk of grease stains on fabrics and makes them ideal for clean, hygienic environments.
drylin® W profile guides for example, offer a cost effective, pre-assembled system with low friction and high longevity. Series E14 e-chains® are easy to fill with electrical cables and can accept tight bending radii. igubal® self-aligning bearings are both robust and lightweight. drylin® E compact powerful DC motors can provide movement assist and be used in conjunction with other igus® polymer bearing and guide products.