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Speedy production of small batches and prototypes made of high-performance polymers

Overview page
for special bearings

igus injection mould  

Find out everything about special bearings from igus®

Prototype made
of plastic rod

Plastic rod made of iglidur® high-performance polymers  

Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 500

Prototype made
from a plastic or
aluminium mould

Injection mould made of high-performance polymers  

Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 500

Prototype 3D-printed

Filaments consisting of iglidur® high-performance polymers  

Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 1000

This is how your prototype is made

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1. Submit an enquiry

Fill in the form with some basic information. You will then be advised by one of our experts.  
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2. We make your prototype

Production at igus® with the desired manufacturing method starts as soon as your order is received.

Delivery of prototypes  
3. You receive your finished product

  • Your prototype is ready as quickly as possible.
  • We send you your order.
  • In a hurry? You can also collect it yourself.

What is rapid prototyping?

This refers to manufacturing methods that describe modern prototype construction. With rapid prototyping, the aim is to make sample components as quickly as possible with the help of digital design data. In addition to additive manufacturing, subtractive manufacturing methods such as turning, milling and drilling are also covered by the term 'rapid prototyping'. For speedy and economically efficient product development, additive manufacturing by means of FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) or SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) is especially suitable.

What is rapid tooling?

The fast manufacture of moulds and tools for prototype construction is also referred to as rapid tooling. Both additive and subtractive manufacturing methods are suitable for this. Additive manufacturing makes it possible to print plastic and aluminium tools and moulds using SLS method as the preferred method, depending on the quantity and the material to be processed.

Our manufacturing service for your special components

Sometimes our customers need customised parts and individual service. This has been an important part of igus® support for many years.  
With speedigus®, we combine the manufacture of customised parts with speed, while utilising the benefits of our high-performance plastics, which have been tribologically optimised, i.e. are better able to cope with friction and are less subject to wear.
For all manufacturing methods, we make customers a promise: We will answer all enquiries promptly within 24 hrs and deliver the product as quickly as possible.
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Sample box  
Free sample box

The box contains samples as well as all the important information about individual components at a glance.

Versatile iglidur® plain bearings  
Advantages of iglidur® materials

Each of our specially developed high-performance polymers possesses unique properties.

igus® online shop  
igus® online shop

Here you can find all the standard parts as well as numerous iglidur® materials and their properties.  

igus® online tools  
Online tools

With the free online tools, you can calculate the service life of our products or configure them.  

Application examples of our customers

Printed in 3D: maintenance-free gripper for the packaging industry

Fast availability at a low price and use under hygienic conditions were important prerequisites for this 3D-printed gripper. It is used to package cosmetic products and has the special advantage of working without additional lubrication, hence fulfilling hygienic requirements.

Made of bar stock: special bearings for highest precision in ophthalmology

iglidur® bar stock is used to manufacture a microscope arm for eye examinations. The reason: it can be machined to produce customised plain bearings down to sizes measured in μm to ensure the necessary precision for examinations.  

Produced with injection moulding: bearings that compensate tolerances, in heavy-duty agricultural equipment construction

In the case of the agricultural machine construction industry, hay rakes are subjected to continuous stress in rough conditions. No problem for igus® special parts, however: not only are they particularly wear-resistant, they are also maintenance-free and reduce assembly costs.

Made of bar stock: individual iglidur® component for melting probe

The "IceMole" is a melting probe, with which the polar regions, glaciers and as a long-term objective extraterrestrial regions are to be explored. For storing the ice screw, a component was needed that is water- and dirt-resistant and  thermally insulated. Therefore, a bearing is used that was made of iglidur® A180 bar stock.

Printed in 3D: customised plain bearing ready for collection within hours

What do you do when an important replacement part for an exhibit suddenly goes missing on the way to the trade fair? The response of the Berlin-based company Blackcam, a manufacturer of camera motion systems, is to turn to the igus 3D printing service.

Machined from bar stock: durable and wear-resistant plain bearings for finger prosthesis

This prosthesis is an electrically powered finger. The joint at the base of the finger is moved directly via a gear motor, which carries along the middle joint via a flexible connection. All axes involved in this movement are mounted through plastic sockets made of the material iglidur® J. Altogether, eight bearings are integrated in one finger.

Plastic gears printed in 3D for charging system for electric cars

Easelink, a company from Graz, 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 parked over the pad. The charging process starts automatically, without the driver having to connect a cable. Use the igus® 3D printing service to make sure the development of prototypes remains cost-effective while ensuring high quality.

Made of bar stocks: components made of iglidur® reduce maintenance costs

In a tyre soaping station, metal bearings were used up to now, which regularly led to a breakdown of the system. Now, these bearings have been replaced with plastic bearings made of igus® bar stocks . This saves costs of several thousand Euro per year.

Custom-made component made using the igus® 3D print service

Inspired by the Formula 1, the student teams of the "Formula Student Germany" construction competition compete with each other. For constructing their racing cars, the Formula Student Team from Weingarten near Ravensburg needed customised plastic pinions, among other things. With the 3D print service by igus®, these components were not only produced quickly, but also made of wear-resistant iglidur® material.


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