Increasing performance and reducing costs with maxon CIM
Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) parts are used in DC motors and gearheads to increase performance and to increase life. It is also beneficial to particular applications as it has a very high resistance to wear, is non-corrosive and biocompatible, so doesn’t cause allergic reactions.
These qualities have led to maxon developing a specialised product range of drills and implants for the dental industry – manufactured to medical devices standard ISO EN13485.
maxon also offers a range of standard ceramic lead screws and shafts, either as standalone product or fitted in to the maxon gearhead as a spindle drive. maxon has developed its own unique surface, csg, for ceramic lead screws that gives outstanding efficiency levels with very low static friction. The high hardness levels of ceramic ensure up to 100 times longer life than a conventional metal lead screw in the same application. Ceramic also benefits from similar properties to steel, including coefficient of expansion and Young’s modulus, so ceramics can replace steel on many applications ensuring higher efficiency and greater life than a conventional steel lead screw, even running with no lubricant as an option perhaps in a vacuum environment.
The cost saving in volume can be significantly less than machining, for example, producing minute gears using Ceramic Injection Moulding can reduce costs by 50%.
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