How to get complex wear-resistant parts within a few days

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Additive manufacturing gives designers new freedom and flexibility in the design of components with complex geometries. If light and durable wear-resistant parts are required, igus offers the right answer with its 3D printing service. Using the online iglidur designer tool, the designer can upload the STEP file, select from over 60 iglidur materials with several manufacturing methods and order the part within seconds for dispatch within a few days.

The extended 3D printing service from igus is particularly suitable for prototyping and short production runs of wear-resistant parts. The main advantage of additive manufacturing is that engineer has maximum design freedom without having to invest in expensive tooling with long delivery times. Tests in the igus laboratory show that iglidur parts are up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than standard plastics and comparable with injection-moulded parts in terms of wear resistance.

Via the igus 3D printing service, parts can be manufactured using the SLS process with iglidur I3 or iglidur I6 or, alternatively, using seven different filaments in the FDM process. igus also offers the Print2Mould process whereby an injection moulding tool is 3D printed and then inserted into the injection moulding machine. This process opens the choice of available iglidur materials to more than 55.

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