3D printing service enables fast delivery of tribo-plastic prototypes
At the Hannover Messe, the specialist for plastics in motion introduces its new service for tribo parts
Hanover/Cologne, April 15, 2015 - Those who need prototypes or special plain bearings in the future will be able to get even faster solutions supplied by igus. A year ago at the Hannover Messe the expert for motion plastics and high-performance plastics for moving applications, presented the world's first tribo-filament for 3D printers. Now igus has expanded its range of offers and will now provide a 3D printing service to its customers by delivering special parts even faster and at very affordable prices.
From the Hannover Messe onwards, igus will offer a 3D printing service with the in-house tribo-filament and will take over the complete production of special parts. "Our customers can contact us with their 3D data and get their parts quickly and easily printed by us," says Tom Krause, Product Manager at igus iglidur® tribo-filament. "This is what we have been occasionally carrying out in recent months and now want to offer this service to all our customers." igus has expanded its potentials with the tribo-filament, which is 50 times more abrasion resistant than conventional 3D printing materials and delivers even more unusual geometries quickly and easily. The delivery times for printed parts are mainly dependent on the complexity of the components. 'From 24 hours' is a statement that is also true for these igus products
Calculate prices and order online
The service for customers is made as simple as possible up to the finished component. The data can be uploaded on the igus website and the components ordered. The prices are also determined automatically online, and similar to the indication of the delivery time, the price also depends on the complexity and the structure of the component. "It is also possible for us to print components from two different plastics," says Tom Krause. "That means it can print either very complicated components in which the support material dissolves, or the component is printed from a normal ABS and only the sliding surfaces are made of our abrasion-resistant iglidur I180-PF." At the Hannover Messe, igus offers, as a first step, components such as worm gears from this first low wear tribo-material. In the future, complex shapes can be printed from more iglidur® standard materials to offer users more creative freedom in their designs.