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With the igus 3D printing service, every type of wear-resistant and self-lubricating gear drive can be produced quickly and independently of mechanical tools. Apart from conventional models such as spur gear, worm wheel or bevel gear, the SLS procedure is also ideally suited in combination with the iglidur materials for elliptical gear, crown gear, racks, worm gears etc.
The Formula Student Team from Weingarten near Ravensburg needed, among other things, customised plastic pinions to construct their racing cars. The pinions were used as chain tensioners in the chain drive, so they had to be especially robust. Unfortunately, pinions in special sizes have long delivery times and the classic production with machining is time-consuming. The igus® 3D printing service allowed plastic pinions to be delivered and tested in less than 72 hours.The material used wasiglidur® I6, which is especially wear-resistant - it was still fully functional after one million cycles in laboratory tests and thus ideal for use in racing cars. In this case, the special parts from additive manufacture were not only available much faster, but were more robust and economical.
For constructing e-bikes it is especially important that the components used are light and quiet. Lars Hartmann from the VMA Getzmann GmbH, which produces stirring, dispersing and fine-grinding systems, tested sprockets printed in 3D made of iglidur I3 as replacement for metal sprockets and was enthusiastic:
"The standard metal pinion generates a lot of noise when in use. We drew it and had it printed by igus® from iglidur I3. The way to the part was simple and fast. We used the 3D printing service to upload the corresponding data, chose the material and ordered the quantity."
Easelink, a company from Graz, has developed "Matrix Charging", a charging system that automatically connects the bottoms of electric cars with the power supply when they are parked. To design the system to be both economical and high-quality, the designers have chosen gear prototypes made of iglidur® plastics with additive manufacturing. The igus® 3D printing service allowed sample components to be quickly ordered, tested and adjusted until the ideal solution was reached. iglidur® I6, an especially wear-resistant self-lubricating laser sintering powder is ideally suited to the design of gears, pinions and other heavily stressed components that must usually be regularly lubricated and maintained and frequently require replacement.