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At igus, service life calculators have been successfully used for plain bearing applications for more than 25 years. The new service life calculation in the 3D printing service tool "iglidur Designer", allows you to determine the service life of individually shaped components for the first time. Simply select the sliding surface by clicking on it and enter your application parameters to immediately obtain a service life estimate. The data of the service life calculator are based on the results of 11,000 abrasion tests per year at 450 test points in the igus test laboratory. This means that users can now get all the information they need regarding price, manufacturability and delivery time, material properties, finishing and expected service life of their individual 3D printing component easily in one tool.
This free online tool enables you to calculate the gear's service life by simply entering the gear dimensions and application parameters. Take part in an online workshop with Dipl. Ing. Tom Krause to find out more about using the gear service life calculator to determine the ideal design for a durable gear.
For gears, racks, toothed belt discs, rollers, lead screw nuts, sliding plates, and plain bearings. Simply configure and download 3D templates. Neither previous knowledge of CAD nor registration is required.
1. Select the desired component group
2. Enter the required dimensions. The 360° viewing function enables you to inspect the 3D model from all sides.
3. Select the required file format and download the CAD file.
4. To order the completed 3D model directly online, download it in STEP format, then upload it to the 3D printing service section.
Blackcam, a Berlin-based company, develops compact solutions for remote-controlled camera dollies which, almost invisible to viewers, travel on narrow rails during live broadcasts of concerts and sporting events. On the way to a trade show where a prototype was to be presented, the engineer discovered a defective plain bearing which made it impossible to use the system . Thanks to the 3D printing service, the spare part was produced and delivered within a few hours. This express service was possible with the FDM process and the proprietary filament made of iglidur l180 - a particularly abrasion-resistant high-performance plastic that is ideally suited to camera guidance systems and other industrial applications.
The variety of innovative solutions using 3D printing extends to the music industry: for example, igus 3D printing was used to create new string hammers for a Phoenix Pianos grand piano. The basic design of a grand piano has remained virtually unchanged since 1876, but the high humidity and rising temperature during performances caused problems for the hammers, which were previously made of wood. Because the plastic parts were 3D printed, the required number of elements could be made from the appropriate plastic and delivered very quickly. Changing from wood to plastic significantly reduced susceptibility to moisture and temperature. Pianists playing on the modernised grand piano have been enthusiastic about its quality: more power could be generated with less effort, and the bond with the piano was greatly increased.
Easelink, a Graz-based company, has developed "matrix charging", a charging system consisting of two components. A charging pad connected to the mains is installed in the car park. A connector on the bottom of the e-car drops down when the car is parked over the pad. The charging process starts automatically, without the driver having to connect a cable.The company used the igus 3D printing service to make sure that prototype development remains cost-effective while ensuring high quality.
"First, we had a sample of the lead screw with shaft end support made by Mr. Krause, Head of Additive Manufacturing at igus. The 3D-printed component impressed us very much with its quality, stability, strength, dimensional accuracy, and the operating characteristics between shaft end support and lead screw. After revision and improvement, we commissioned all components of the "shaft end support – lead screw" concept from the 3D printing service."
Ansbach mechanical engineering school project team
for automatic cup tray adjustment in fully automatic coffee machines
"Thanks to their individual geometrical designs, the plain bearings made of proven iglidur materials supplied by the igus 3D printing service enable us to design completely new solutions for various applications in our cutting and winding machines. The printed parts are now also used in batch-produced components. Newly developed parts can also be quickly implemented and tested thanks to test samples that are usually provided at very short notice."
Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Vedder
Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Inspired by Formula 1, student teams compete against each other in the "Formula Student Germany" design competition. One of the parts the Formula Student Team from Weingarten near Ravensburg needed to construct their racing cars was customised plastic pinions. The igus 3D printing service produced these components quickly from wear-resistant iglidur material.
Practical tips on designing functional parts for manufacture in the 3D printing service. In addition to material and manufacturing method, the right component design plays a decisive role in extending service life, minimising wear, and optimising coefficients of friction.
Discover our materials and additive methods for 3D printing. Order our free sample box, which includes a selection of printed samples and iglidur materials from igus additive manufacturing. In our in-house 3D printing service, we use our high-performance plastics to manufacture filaments, laser sintering powder and wear-resistant components.