Additive parts make for smooth running Showcase

igus uses the freeformer to produce functional parts and prototypes from standard granulates, mainly the company’s own lubricant-free, abrasion-resistant materials.

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igus uses several processes, including ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) since February 2015. The company sees it as a major advantage of the freeformer that it can use its own high-performance plastics for prototypes and functional parts. This means igus is now able to combine freedom in design with the wear-resistant properties of its tribological materials.

Of the more than 40 special materials that igus uses, three are specially designed for additive manufacturing. More are to...

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igus uses several processes, including ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (APF) since February 2015. The company sees it as a major advantage of the freeformer that it can use its own high-performance plastics for prototypes and functional parts. This means igus is now able to combine freedom in design with the wear-resistant properties of its tribological materials.

Of the more than 40 special materials that igus uses, three are specially designed for additive manufacturing. More are to follow. With the freeformer it is possible in principle to process the same plastics as in injection moulding. The materials first have to be qualified to ensure that this can work “smoothly”. Qualification includes, for example, the precise adaptation of parameters such as temperature, droplet discharge or layer thickness to the specific properties of the material.

The freeformer currently mainly processes “iglidur I180”, which is suitable for industrial applications and uses this to produce parts such as bearings, grippers and gearwheels in an additive manufacturing process. Tests showed that this material is around fifty times more resistant to wear than conventional ABS for 3D printing. In the test laboratory, a bearing made from the injection moulding material “iglidur J260” in an additive manufacturing process was found to be just as wear-resistant as an injection-moulded part made from the same material.

In general, additive manufacturing offers significantly more freedom in geometric design than injection moulding. When it comes to the development of new products directly from 3D CAD data, changes in design can be implemented immediately, so that the next generation of the prototype or design sample, or an ongoing product can be quickly produced without requiring a mould.

igus offers its own 3D printing service for components: www.IGUS.de

 

This showcase shows:

Process at customer

Major benefits achieved

Better performance (e.g. fluid dynamics, heat-exchange)
Continuous product development / frequent changes in product design
Functional or component integration
More customized solution / access to larger product variety
More flexible solution
Shorter time to market

Field of innovation

Better products

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Customer

igus GmbH

Customer position in the value chain

R&D + Organisations
Suppliers + Vendors
Processors + Service providers
Manufacturer (OEM)

Customer industry

Plastics industry
Provider

ARBURG AG

Supplier position in the value chain

R&D + Organisations
Suppliers + Vendors
Processors + Service providers
Manufacturer (OEM)
Technologies and materials

Technology

Materials

  • Plastic / Masterbatch
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ARBURG AG will display this showcase at the following exhibition:

AM Expo 2016
20. and 21. September 2016, Messe Luzern, Switzerland
Halle 02 / Booth C2084