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igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

Plastic custom parts and drawing parts

Manufacturing custom parts from a drawing can be achieved in various manufacturing options. igus® is renowned for injection moulding parts however if the quantity is low, this might not be the most cost-effective method. This page is to help you identify which option is the best option, technically and economically.
We can also offer advice on the best materials for you applications from out large range of tribo-polymers.

Would you like more information about the different methods of macnufacturing?  Our experts will be happy to get in touch with you.
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Manufacturing options for custom parts

CNC Machining

custom parts
  • Machining custom parts from stock material. 
  • Large range of iglidur® stock materials
  • Plate and rod form available. 
  • Hollow tubes available as standard
  • Various machining options. 
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3D printing

Configurator for low-volume production and prototypes
  • No minimum order quantity
  • Parts can be printed up to 3M
  • A large range of SLS powders and 3D printing filaments available. 
  • FDA filaments available as standard
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Print 2 Mould

print 2 mould
  • Fast manufacturing of injection-moulded parts with 3D printed tool
  • Ideal for processing parts with special properties
  • Printed moulds are up to 80% cheaper than steel fabricated moulds

Injection moulding

mouldng machines
  • High-volume production
  • The largest range of iglidur® materials available
  • Service life can be calculated for bearing parts. 

Find the right material

iglidur granules
  • Large range of high-performace polymers
  • High-temperature, chemical resistant and FDA approved options. 
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Online tools

online tools
  • Need help deciding which manufacturing method is right for you? 
  • Have a look at the online tools for some guidance
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Components from igus have these advantages

Self-lubricating and maintenance-free iglidur drawing part

Lubrication and maintenance-free

Our iglidur materials make additional lubricants superfluous. They contain solid lubricants that supply the bearing point with sufficient lubricant.
Chemical- and media-resistant iglidur drawing part

Large selection of materials

A variety of iglidur materials with different specifications are available for the production of your special and drawing parts, which are e.g. suitable for contact with chemicals and media. 
Plain bearings from igus for high loads

Tribologically optimised

Our engineering plastics have low coefficients of friction and low wear rates, making them much more efficient than conventional plastics. This is tested in our test laboratory. 


Prototype production from bar stock

Production of prototypes & small batches

Rapid prototyping ensures quickly available models, accelerates your product development, visualises new concepts and reveals possible design errors so that they can be rectified in good time. At igus, there are various manufacturing processes available to you for prototype construction, and our experts will be happy to advise you on these. This enables us to manufacture your desired component with no minimum order quantity cost-effectively. 

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Injection moulding machines

Production of high volume

From toolmaking to production, we manufacture high volume entirely in-house. Together with you, we coordinate the production drawing and advise you on the selection of the right iglidur material. This enables quick tool repairs and maintenance if required and ensures that you can always be supplied. With our in-house tool shop, a large fleet of injection moulding machines and more than five decades of injection moulding experience, we are a strong partner for your high-volume production.
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In-house toolmaking at igus®

We manufacture injection moulding tools for your plastic injection moulded parts directly on site in our own tool shop. From tool development to quality control with the aid of computer tomography, and every step takes place at our company. This enables us to respond to your individual wishes and realise them quickly. 
With 100 employees and 32 processing machines, around 1,000 injection moulded components are produced here every year. 

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Always the most cost-effective manufacturing process for your components

3D printing

3D printing

Your special part is printed from our iglidur materials using selective laser sintering (SLS), filament deposition moulding (FDM/FFF) or digital light processing (DLP). Ideal for prototyping.
Special part milled from bar stock

Mechanical processing

With the help of CNC machining, your drawing part is milled or turned from bar stock.Alternatively, a catalogue part can be reworked to your desired dimensions.
Special part injection moulding

Injection moulding

We manufacture injection moulds for your drawing parts and cast your desired quantity from our durable, maintenance-free iglidur materials.

Frequently asked questions

How to get custom plastic parts?

With igus® it is easy to get custom plastic parts. You can either send us a drawing of the part, the quantity and application and we can decide which manufacturing method would be best suited for you or you can use one of the free tools we offer to decide for yourself which is the best method. Either way, it is quick and easy.

Can igus® help with design solutions?

Absolutely, in fact the earlier we are involved the better as we may be able to offer machining and material advice at the beginning of the design stage.

How many pieces do I have to order/what is the minimum quantity?

There is no minimum order quantity. You can order 1 part of 10,000. The main thing to consider is the set up is divided by the number of parts so the more you order the cheaper the parts become.

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