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:
- Drag and drop your .stl file into the igus configurator.
- With the 360° viewer, check your model and enter the units of measurement you require.
- 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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Editor Matthew Aldridge writes:
Dear Sir or Madam,
If you decide to vote today, no matter how you vote in the brexit referendum, can I please urge you to continue to vote for motion plastics®:
– Vote LEAVE lubrication, use igus® motion plastics® to make your machine truly maintenance free
– Vote REMAIN with cost savings, use igus® motion plastics® to save time and money
Well, the summer is almost upon us once more, and so the editor of this newsletter will be taking a well earned rest, and will resume services in September. However, igus® continues at your service, 8-8 Monday to Friday, 8-12 on Saturday, and my promise still holds true: if you have moving parts on your machine, it is highly likely we can save you money while also increasing the life of your design!
Simply email me at email@example.com with the details of your requirements and, I promise I will give it my urgent attention. This applies to bearings, linear guides, cable chains and flexible cables, the samples are free and you could save a lot of money, please vote for motion plastics®!
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.
parts are three times more wear-resistant than those printed from standard materials
igus® has expanded its 3D printing material offering further with the introduction of a material suitable for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). With the familiar wear resistance of the four already available tribo-filaments for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), the new iglidur® I3-PL tribo-powder is for printing special 3D parts using the SLS technique.
In the igus® test laboratory, plain bearings made from the new material have been compared with those printed from conventional SLS materials. After pivoting, rotating and linear testing, initial results indicate that the iglidur® I3-PL parts are at least three times more wear resistant.
“Selective laser sintering produces a 3D part with better precision, compared to parts printed using the FDM technique,” explains Robert Dumayne, director at igus®. “Another advantage of the new iglidur® I3-PL material is that the parts can achieve a much higher strength due to the pressure in the SLS method.”
An additional benefit of using the laser sintering is that no support structures are needed. This is because the loose powder, which is not melted by the laser, acts as the supporting material. Thus less finishing work is required on the components and the parts can be used directly.