Laser sintering printers expand capacity for special parts production

Motion plastics specialist igus has added new laser
sintering printers to expand their 3D printing capacity for the production of
durable wear-resistant parts for customers.

There is increasing demand for customised special
solutions with more customers turning to igus’ fast 3D printing service for
long-lasting wear-resistant parts made of high-performance plastics. igus has
now tripled their 3D laser sintering printing capacity to meet their customers’
requirements, be it for short-term spare parts procurement, prototype
construction, or the production of lubrication-free small batches.

For users
wanting to produce an abrasion-resistant special part or a small batch, Treotham
has the right solution with the igus 3D printing service. Go to igus 3D printing service, upload CAD data, select material and then call
Treotham to make your order.

From hobbyists to major industrial customers, users can
quickly obtain Treotham’s wear-resistant special igus solution. Most of the
components are manufactured using the laser sintering process. In this process,
the abrasion-resistant laser sintering material iglidur I3, specially developed
by igus, is applied on the entire working platform and sintered with a laser.
After each work step, the plate is lowered and a new layer applied.

“Due to the very high demand for wear-resistant
special solutions through the 3D printing service, we have now tripled our
capacities with new laser sintering printers,” explains Tom Krause, Head
of Additive Manufacturing at igus.

printed complex components

Laser sintering printers can produce simple and
complex types as well as mobile solutions.

“In an installation space of 220x170x300
millimetres, for example, 5,000 plain bearings with an inner diameter of 10
millimetres can be produced per laser sintering system within 30 hours. Laser
sintering ensures that we can offer the components not only fast, but also with
a higher strength and more cost-effectively than the FDM process,” notes
Tom Krause.

Laser sintering also eliminates high costs from the
production of injection moulding tools while allowing design changes to be easily
made on the computer; in conventional injection moulding, entire moulds need to
be changed. In addition, there is no price difference between complex and
simple shapes.

If the customer wishes to have wear-resistant gears
made, he can use the abrasion-resistant laser sintering material iglidur I6,
which was specially developed for gears, in the 3D printing service. If a
series with up to 4,000 parts has to be printed, injection moulding tools can
also be produced in additive manufacturing, which are later used in the
injection moulding machine. The user has the flexibility to freely select a suitable
material from more than 50 iglidur materials.

For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website
or call 1300 65 75 64.

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