If you are looking for strong materials that will be resistant to wear over the long term, a specialized filament from igus may be exactly what you should explore—and today it’s as easy as three simple steps online to go from uploading a design to looking forward to having a quality print shipped to your doorstep.
While their name may not be as well-known to you as some, we’ve been familiar with the plastics company since they began marketing their iglidur 3D printing filament last year, gaining the attention of makers looking for a unique and industrial-grade product. The German polymers manufacturer also showed a growing commitment to the industry upon release of their delta-style Hexagon V2 3D printer which is constructed with a number of igus components, such as their linear guides. Considering their material is known for being strong enough to make the parts to construct a sturdy 3D printer itself, we certainly were not surprised to see them release their own machine.
Now, they’ve decided to make the process of purchasing models made with their materials even easier through their own online igus printservice which will indeed feature their lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur tribo-filament. With this filament, those ordering models can look forward to exceptional strength as compared to parts made traditionally via machining and injection molding. Thanks to 3D printing, the prices are brought down considerably for both making prototypes and small batches for production—and you’ll be able to judge this for yourself with an instant price quote. To get started on figuring out cost and having your 3D model printed by igus, just follow these steps:
- Drag and drop your .stl file into the igus configurator.
- With the 360° viewer, check your model and enter the units of measurement.
- Select a suitable tribo-filament, the desired order quantity, and place your selection in the shopping basket to instantly receive a quotation.
Depending on the project complexity, igus states that the completed 3D prints can be delivered in as little as 24 hours. This means you can look forward to a model printed with materials that are over 50 times stronger and more abrasion resistant in comparison to what you may be used to. The team at igus states that with these materials you can also expediently replace parts that have worn out, and also reduce downtime in manufacturing.
In business since 1964, the quality plastics manufacturer’s dip into the 3D printing industry may be a sign of technology they are interested in using themselves and decided to market and share as well, along with showing the rest of the world how things are done. No mere startup just pulled into business on a whim last year, igus is responsible for decades of quality in polymers. They both manufacture and distribute their main products, with offices in 30 countries—and partnerships in 80. Each year, igus is responsible for making an enormous number of new products, with thousands of employees who are empowered to act as independent managers.
For further information on receiving 3D prints made from high-performance igus materials, see here. Below is a video that gives you a glimpse into just how easy it is to order a 3D print! Discuss in the igus 3D Printing Service forum over at 3DPB.com.