Igus 3D printer will enable more design freedom in the automotive industry as well as develop production-ready, long-lasting special parts
Igus now offers its 3D printing service for developing production ready, long lasting parts as well as enable increased design freedom in the automotive industry. Additive manufacturing gives designers new freedom and flexibility in the design of special solutions, including the development of efficient vehicle components. Users can order their special part made of tribologically optimised polymers from Igus online in just a few seconds. The customer would be able to choose from over 55 lubrication-free iglidur materials.
The expanded 3D printing service from Igus is particularly suitable for the short-term production of wear-resistant parts. The motion plastics specialist uses 3D printing to cost-effectively produce prototypes or batches within a very short time. The designer has maximum freedom in the design of his component under additive manufacturing, without having to invest in expensive steel tools with long delivery times. 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.
In the igus 3D printing service, the user can freely choose between different manufacturing processes: 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.