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Huge 3D printed components with optimised sliding properties and excellent service life

3D printing service for components of up to 1m

Optimised sliding properties and excellent service life

The large-format 3D printer can be used to manufacture components of up to 1m in a single printing process. The 3D print filaments, which igus developed specifically for mechanical engineering, are up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than ABS, PETG or PLA. The large-format components made of igus high-performance polymers can be used without problems in large-scale mechanical engineering. Possible areas of application include jig construction, special machine construction and packaging technology.
The 3D-printed components fare well in direct comparison with machined parts because of their lightweight design, greatly reduced material requirements (up to 85%) and cost-effective manufacture. For good surfaces and precise components, sub-areas can be reworked.

Do you have an application that requires large-format components? Simply upload your CAD models and order your component online from the 3D printing service.
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DIY large-format 3D printer

DIY large-format 3D printer Our engineers have developed a large-format printer especially for the production of large components of up to 1 meter. You can download the design data for free and use it to build your own large-format 3D printer.
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Design and construction of the 3D printer

Special mounting bracket for energy chains Key data and further information on the igus DIY large-format 3D printer are available in our blog. Read about the biggest challenges in designing and building the printer and which components were used.
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Manufacturing large-format food-safe components

iglidur I150

iglidur I150 is the easiest tribo-filament® to process - it is suitable for all commercially available 3D printers and can  be processed just as easily as regular filaments such as PLA and PETG.  iglidur I150 is also available on 8kg filament reels and is therefore suitable for the manufacture of large components in large-scale printers.
Thanks to compliance with EU 10/2011, iglidur I150 is suitable for contact with food and is accordingly proving itself in applications in the food and packaging industry.  The only restrictions are in the maximum permanent application temperature of 65°C and for highly dynamic applications.
iglidur I150 in the shop
iglidur I150 linear wear rates Wear test 3D printing filaments: y-axis = wear rate [μm/km] 1. iglidur I150 2. iglidur I180 3. PLA 4. ABS; test parameters (linear motion): v = 0.1m/s; p = 1MPa; shaft materials: hardened steel (Cf53/1.1213) and stainless steel (V2A/1.4301)

Large wear-resistant parts in lightweight construction

Efficient use of materials reduces weight and costs

Presentation of the innovation at the virtual igus trade show stand
Sliding element from the large-format 3D printer This special slider is 1.1m long. Several elements are combined to a plain bearing with a diameter of 1.6m. The sliding elements produced in this way with 3D printing can be customised individually, depending on the load. If a component is exposed to high loads, an increased use of material ensures the necessary stability. In areas that are not exposed to high loads, the use of material can be correspondingly reduced. These material savings make the part up to 80% lighter.

Application example in the vehicle printed in 3D


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