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► More than 5000 active customers worldwide reduce costs with wear-resistant 3D printing solutions

3D printed gears in the roof-mounted water cannon of an airport fire-extinguishing vehicle For repair of the roof-mounted water cannons of airport fire-extinguishing vehicles, the maintenance technicians of Fraport AG found cost-effective replacement parts in the form of printed gears made of iglidur I3 that satisfied the high load-capacity requirements.
3D printed sliders in rope-free lift The complex special slider was urgently needed on the construction site in the Thyssenkrupp testing tower. The igus 3D printing service was able to deliver it within 48 hours.
"DriCoMaTe" drive-in Corona station by BoKa Automatisierung GmbH For a fully automated drive-in Corona testing station, the gripper of a robot arm was made of iglidur I6 via laser sintering. That way, medical staff can be relieved.
3D printed finger joints in therapeutic use Light, filigree and resilient - The Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETHZ university) uses finger joints made of iglidur I6 for the speedy manufacture of tailor-made hand exoskeletons.
3D printed lead screw in a fully automatic coffee machine "The 3D printed component made of iglidur totally convinced us in terms of its quality, stability, strength and dimensional accuracy as well as its operating characteristics between shaft end support and lead screw. " Project team of the Maschinenbauschule (School of Mechanical Engineering) in Ansbach
3D printed components for rear wings In order to ensure easy and sustained adjustment of an innovative rear spoiler, parts made of tribologically optimised iglidur polymers are used at the support points on the wing so that low-friction and maintenance-free adjustment is possible.
Glide pad adapter clips for the transition between glide pad and glide bar To make the igus energy chains more durable, adapter clips for the transition between glide pad and chain were developed. The adapters made of iglidur I6 were printed and tested together with the 3D printing team. Conclusion:"Comparable to injection moulding."
3D printed replacement parts in a grand piano A classic grand piano has been given new hammers made of iglidur I3. Pianists who have tested it say it's "like swapping an Austin Seven for a Ferrari".
3D printed gear in a tractor "That works like a well-oiled machine - only better!" The broken gear of a tractor used by igus was reverse-engineered and printed within a few hours.
3D printed reverse thread roller in a winding machine 50% cost reduction, delivery within a few days, improved sliding properties and longer service life. The replacement part made of iglidur I3 improves the machine and reduces costs at Conti Tech Schlauch GmbH.
Gas ring with 3D printed components The cost-effective and fast manufacture of small volumes of abrasion-resistant special parts persuaded the company Kempf to use sliding elements made of iglidur I3 in its 'Darios' accelerator ring.
Vintage speedometer Even after it had been in use for more than 2,000 miles in a vintage car, the customer was unable to detect any signs of wear on the replicated intermediate shaft with toothed gear made of iglidur I6.
3D printed pinions in a racing car Robust pinion with special dimensions delivered in less than 72 hours iglidur I6 in use in a racing car as a chain tensioner in the chain drive.
3D printing prototyping for electrical vehicles "A high degree of flexibility and fast delivery times are crucial when it comes to prototype construction. It is exactly these qualities that we like about using the igus online configurator to select gears from a wide variety of different types and have them printed quickly. " Easelink founder Hermann Stockinger
3D printed sliding plates in mowing machines Replacement parts made of iglidur I180 are 15 times more cost-effective than the special metal sliders previously used by the customer and can be delivered within a few days.
3D printed sprockets The standard metal pinion generates a lot of noise when in use. After two months of use in two wheels , the replacement part made of iglidur I3 has reduced the noise output considerably.
3D printed gripper Due to the changeover from aluminium to 3D printing with iglidur polymers for the production of grippers, Carecos Kosmetik GmbH was able to reduce costs by up to 85% and manufacturing time by up to 70%.
3D printed parts in a rocket The iglidur J260 filament proved to be ideal for use in space due to its good resistance to pressure and temperature fluctuations, its low weight and its optimal sliding properties.
3D printed bearings in a camera dolly An urgently needed replacement bearing for a camera dolly was printed and handed over to the happy customer within only a few hours.
3D printed bearing in a pram Due to replacement of the regular plastic plain bearing with a printed model made of iglidur, the pram no longer has to be lubricated and now runs very smoothly.


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