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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

3D printing service - online ordering for prototypes, spare parts and batches

In just 3 steps to abrasion-resistant 3D printing component

1. Create 3D model and export in STEP/STP format

Creating a 3D printing service CAD model

Use CAD software or our free configurators to create the 3D model.  

Configure CAD

2. Upload 3D model online for price calculation

Upload 3D printing service file

Simply drag and drop the STEP/STP file or select it from a folder.

Calculate the price online now

3. Choose quantity and material and order or request directly online

Get 3D printing done online

You immediately get the price, the delivery time and the technical data and you can order directly, request a quote or forward the configuration by e-mail.

More online 3D printing services

Create 3D printing CAD models online

Create 3D printing CAD models online

Configure CAD files for machine parts online, download STEP and order online, if necessary edit them in the CAD programme beforehand. We offer free 3D CAD configurators for wear-resistant parts such as gears, racks, plain bearings, lead screw nuts, sliding elements and rollers. Configured in 60 seconds, shipped in 3 days and with up to 50 times longer service life.

Service life calculator for gears

Gear service life calculator

With the service life calculator for gears, the expected service life of 3D printed gears can be determined quickly and easily. Thanks to extensive testing in our in-house test laboratory, we are able to precisely predict the service life of our products and the components made from our materials.  

Calculate service life of gear

Order sample box free of charge

Sample box for 3D printing service

See for yourself the quality of our 3D printed products

Discover our materials, products and techniques and order the free sample box containing filaments, machine parts and re-processed examples.

Order 3D printing sample box

3D printed components in wear test

Additive manufacturing test laboratory

Printed parts made of iglidur compared to standard 3D printing materials

Wear-resistant plastics from the 3D printer - to keep this promise, we regularly test our products regarding friction, load and service life in our in-house test lab. The results are convincing: 

3D printed components in test

3D printed machine elements

Machine components from the additive production

Components from additive manufacturing

Individual wear-resistant parts made of the proven friction-optimised plastics from igus are abrasion-resistant, lubrication-free and durable. Thanks to the additive manufacturing methods, any complex geometries can be produced quickly and economically.

3D printed components

Application examples and customer references

What are the functions of the 3D Printing Service Tool?

Upload 3D models

CAD upload

Simply drag & drop 1 to 10 files or select from a folder. The files can be uploaded immediately via the upload window or within the tool interface. For the upload, the CAD model must first be exported as a step / . stp file.  

Show price and delivery time immediately

3D printing service price

The tool immediately displays the price and delivery time for the required part. Unit prices and quantity discounts are also displayed immediately.

Filtering according to environmental parameters

Filtering according to environmental parameters

If the required component is to be used in a special environment such as food contact, high temperatures, particularly high mechanical stress etc., the appropriate iglidur material can be determined via the filter function. Extensive information and material data are available for all materials and manufacturing processes. A comparison is worthwhile: if several materials meet the same requirements, the manufacturing process can have a positive effect on the price in relation to quantity.  

Check manufacturability

Feasibility study

The 3D model is checked for manufacturability in 3D printing with regard to wall thickness analysis and size of installation space. If a part is to be manufactured using the print2mold process (injection moulding with additive moulds), the tool also checks for too thin walls and the design for undercuts, as these are not feasible in print2mold. Contact us if you need injection-moulded parts with undercuts.

Finishing: smoothing and colouring

3D printing finishing

The colouring of components in black can be selected directly in the tool. The price and delivery time will be adjusted automatically. If the parts are to be smoothed, there is a choice between chemical smoothing and vibratory grinding. Smoothing using the vibratory finishing process can be booked online immediately, whereas chemical smoothing can be requested via the 3D printing service tool.  

Order or submit an enquiry online

Order 3D printing online

The finished configuration can immediately be placed in the shopping cart and ordered. It is also possible to submit an enquiry to the shopping cart, so that a quotation is generated and sent by e-mail. If the configuration is to be sent to other persons for checking or approval, a link can be generated in the shopping cart for this purpose and forwarded.  

Just try it out: upload sample CAD model and check functions

Try our 3D printing service

How does the igus online 3D printing service work?

1. Prepare 3D CAD file

First design the required component as a 3D CAD model and export it in the STP/STEP format. If you already have the 3D model available as an STL file, this must also be converted into an STP/STEP file for the iglidur Designer. If you do not have a license for CAD software, you can find a variety of free tools online. During the design process, please note that the minimum wall thickness must not be less than 0.5mm, otherwise the stability of the mould cannot be guaranteed. 

2. Upload in the iglidur Designer

Simply drag the file into the iglidur Designer in the browser or upload it from a folder. The iglidur Designer immediately shows you the unit price, the final price (including quantity discount), the delivery time as well as possible limitations in the manufacturability. Depending on the material and number of components to be printed, the price varies depending on the process. For example, the production of a large number of elements (<5000 pieces) is cheaper and faster in print2mold than in the FDM process.  

3. Select plastic for 3D printing

Now you can select the appropriate material or manufacturing process. Select from over 60 friction-optimised plastics. In the tool you can select specific requirements to find the right material: select the application temperature, the surface pressure and other parameters such as conductivity or food conformity, for example.    

4. Optional: Reworking

If necessary, you can also select whether your workpiece should be reworked. Here you have a choice of two colours and two possible methods of surface finishing. However, please note that colouring and smoothing affect the friction and wear specifications of the components. A rough surface finish of the unmachined parts does not reduce the sliding properties of the printed parts.  

5. Orders or enquiries?

Now the completely configured elements can be transferred directly to the shopping cart and ordered. For particularly large quantities and some special plastics, the price is shown "upon request". In this case, we will provide you a price and further advice on your project as soon as possible. You can also save the finished order from the shopping cart and send it to colleagues via a link or complete the order later.  


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