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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

3D printing with abrasion-resistant polymers

Our 3D-printing service uses powders and filaments that have been proven to last up to 50 times longer than standard 3D printing materials inside moving applications. We extensively test our engineered composite plastic iglidur® materials to ensure every 3D-printed wear part or component offers exceptional wear resistance. All igus® 3D printed wear parts are low-friction, maintenance-free and self-lubricating. We produce 3D-printed components for prototypes and small batches, no minimum order quantity required!

Would you like more information about the our 3D printing or do you need an individual consultation? Our experts will be happy to get in touch with you.
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More online tools and material options

free online CAD configurator for 3D printed parts

Online CAD configurators

I know my application and would like to use the CAD configurator to configure and download an individual 3D model for various designs.
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3D printing material shop online

3D printing materials

Shop wear-resistant materials suitable for use in FDM, laser sintering and DLP printers.
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Service life calculator for polymer gears

Gear service life calculator

This free online tool enables you to calculate the gear's service life by simply entering the gear dimensions and application parameters. 
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3D printed components

Miracle roller

3D printing roller with inner roller Roller with an inner rotating roller from a printing process
Material: iglidur® i3 (laser sintering material)
Find out more information on rollers

Drive nuts with lead screw

3D printed threads Wear resistant printed drive nut on a printed lead screw
Material: iglidur® i3 (laser sintering material)
Find out more information on 3D printed threads

Elastic gripper

3D printed elastic gripper Printed elastic gripper
Material: iglidur® i3 (laser sintering material) and elastic material (blue)
Find out more about 3D printed grippers

Worm gear

3D printed worm gear Worm gear
Material: iglidur® i6 (laser sintering material)
Find out more about 3D printed worm gears

Bevel gear

3D printed bevel gear Bevel gear
Material: iglidur® i3 (laser sintering material)
Find out more about 3D printed bevel gears

Coloured gears

3D printed gears, helical Gears, helical and coloured
Material: iglidur® i3 (laser sintering material)
Find out more about coloured gears

print2mold® plain bearing and gear

Injection-moulded plain bearing and gear made from a 3D printed mould Bearings made from a 3D printed injection mould
Material: Gear iglidur® G from printed injection mould
Material: bearing- iglidur® X 
Find out more about the print2mold process

Two-component sample

Multi-material 3D printed coupling joint Multi-material component from a filament optimised for friction & high rigidity for maximum strength.
Materials: iglidur® i150 and igumid® P150 filament
Find out more about multi-material printing

ESD sample part

ESD component Electrostatically discharging roller.
The surface was then chemically smoothed in post-processing.
Material: iglidur® i8-ESD (laser sintering material)
Find out more about ESD printing

Material and Method options

Our materials

Material printing We have materials for SLS printing, Multi-material printing and layer printing. 
3D printing with iglidur® polymers

Additive printing methods

printing methods Discover the various manufacturing methods of 3D printing offered by igus®
3D printing methods

3D printed components

printed components Find out about the individual parts you can make out of our 3D printing materials. 
3D printed components

Frequently asked questions

What plastic is used in 3d printing?

There is a range of traditional plastics that can be used for 3D printing such as PLA, ABS and PVA. At igus®, we have our own range of filaments and laser sintering materials. This allows customers to be able to print custom parts with high wear-resistant materials with good mechanical properties.

On which 3D printers can the iglidur® laser sintering powders be processed?

igus® uses the EOS Formiga P110. In principle, the tribo-materials iglidur® I3-PL and iglidur® I6-PL should be able to be processed on laser sintering 3D printers with CO2 lasers, if the printing parameters can be adjusted. Due to the different absorption of the laser energy, it is not suitable for low-cost systems such as Sinterit Lisa or Formlabs Fuse 1. The iglidur® I8-ESD-PL is suitable for this due to its black colour.

Which igus® laser sintering material is best suited for gears?

iglidur® I3 has the longest service life of all igus® 3D printing materials in tests with spur gears. For worm gears, iglidur® I6 is better suited due to the sliding relative movement between the counter partners.

Which filament 3D printer does igus® recommend?

Due to the large number of systems available on the market, no clear recommendation can be made. Basically, the printer should have a sufficiently large and closed installation space as well as a heated print bed. In addition, a print head with two nozzles, or two independent print heads that can heat up to 300°C, is recommended. The device should also be freely configurable, i.e. the processing parameters should be adjustable and it should be possible to process filaments from third-party manufacturers. You should be able to process our filaments on most common printers without any problems.

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Free material sample box

Sample box 3D printing material

Convince yourself of our materials and order a box with material samples and printed examples from our additive manufacturing.
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Design guide for additive manufacturing

Design instructions for 3D-printed components

Our Design Guide provides you with practical tips on designing functional parts for manufacture in the 3D printing service.
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