3D printing is a quick and easy method of manufacturing, which like CNC machining is ideal for small quantities. Using igus® filaments allows the 3D printed parts to be used as fully working wear parts. Thanks to the same technology used in the injection moulded granules and stock material, the 3D filaments offer the same long lasting, hard wearing elements as the other plastics. This is highly beneficial when tasked with recreating obsolete parts. We also offer print2mold which is a combination of 3d printing and injection moulding, 3d printed moulding tool which injection moulds the desired parts. This is a cost-effective way of injection moulding smaller batches than typically would be injection moulded and is not only cheaper but can produce injection moulded parts quicker.
The majority of the standard components that we sell are injection moulded. These are ideal for high volume production batches hence the reason this is the main production source for igus® components. At our head office we have over 800 of injection moulded machines manufacturing parts designed for movement. We have been developing specialist materials which complement our “motion plastics” notion for nearly 60 years and now use these materials to create millions of components every year. All we need for any of these methods is a drawing, an idea of the application. This allows us to establish the best material for the part. We need an idea of quantity, prototype or production, this will also help us decide on the correct method of manufacturing.
On-demand manufacturing is where manufacturers produce a product based specifically on the customers specifications.
Bespoke manufacturing is when an organisation manufacturer a customised product based on a customer’s specification. igus® offer several services applicable to custom manufacturing, including 3D printing and harnessed systems.
CNC machining is a method of manufacturing parts using specialised computer software within a machine. These CNC machines can produce turned, milled, routed or lasered custom components as individual quantities or large production parts. The program is set by an operator based on the drawing and the machine does the rest. Because of the set-up cost, smaller quantities can be costly and in these situations, 3D printed parts might be a more cost-effective method of manufacturing.
Your printer should come with software that allows you to set the parameters for printing with any materials, including the igus® materials. To avoid worrying about software, you can get igus® to print it for you. Simply drag and drop your drawing into the online tool.