Your special bearing made of high performance plastic with the desired shape, quantity and made of the most suitable material
"Show me the plastic part that gives you a problem. I'll provide you with a solution!" It was on the basis of this idea that Günter Blase established igus® more than 50 years ago and it still holds true today: customer-specific series-produced solutions are just as much part of our daily work as standard parts. We have many different ways of manufacturing the exact parts you need. We will be happy to advise you on the technically and economically most efficient manufacturing method and recommend the perfect high-performance polymer materials for your individual case.
Serial production with the plastic injection moulding method: efficient, flexible, scaleable
When there is a need for serially produced components, with quantities ranging from a few thousand to several million.
Maintenance-free, resistant to chemicals and temperature extremes … Our iglidur® materials consist of wear resistant high-performance polymers with unique properties. We select the perfect material for your application.
Injection moulds are made in our toolshop.
We work with you to create the manufacturing drawing.
Other manufacturing methods for your individual components and special bearings
We print your individual component, using lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur® high-performance plastics. Simply fill in the enquiry form, attach file - e.g. CAD, STEP - and then send. You will then be advised by our experts. Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 1000
Turned, milled or drilled component made from bar stock
Your individual components will be made of iglidur® bar stock, which consists of high-performance polymers. On the basis of your information and data files such as CAD or STEP, we will quote a price and, upon request, make the component. Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 500
Make a component with a 3D-printed injection mould
In the 3D printer, we make injection moulds made of high-performance polymers for your individual component. This saves time and up to 80% of costs. Due to their properties, the mould materials are able to withstand the high temperatures of the injection moulding process. This means that up to 500 parts can be made from a single mould. Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 500
Injection moulding of components with aluminium tool
In the case of this method, individual components are made with aluminium tools. This procedure is very time-saving due to its lean manufacturing method – even in the case of very complex assemblies. At the same time, the tooling costs are very low. Simply submit a 3D model and receive a quotation immediately. Best suited for quantities of: 200 to 10,000
Manufactured with injection moulding: highest convenience and safety in knee joint prostheses
Only materials and components that can be relied upon are used for prostheses. Especially for leg prostheses, it is important that the user can trust his prosthesis when he is running and standing with it. Therefore, Otto Bock SE & Co. KGaA, the world market leader in technical orthopaedics, has been relying on iglidur plain bearings made of high-performance polymers for more than 20 years.
Printed in 3D: maintenance-free gripper for the packaging industry
Fast availability at a low price and use under hygienic conditions were important prerequisites for this 3D-printed gripper. It is used to package cosmetic products and has the special advantage of working without additional lubrication, therefore fulfilling hygienic requirements.
Produced with injection moulding: bearings that compensate tolerances, in heavy-duty agricultural equipment construction
In the case of the agricultural machine construction industry, hay rakes are subjected to continuous stress in rough conditions. No problem for igus® special parts, however: not only are they particularly wear-resistant, they are also maintenance-free and reduce assembly costs.
Made of bar stock: individual iglidur® component for melting probe
The "IceMole" is a melting probe, with which the polar regions, glaciers and as a long-term objective extraterrestrial regions are to be explored. For storing the ice screw, a component was needed that is water- and dirt-resistant and thermally insulated. Therefore, a bearing is used that was made of iglidur® A180 bar stock.
Printed in 3D: customised plain bearing ready for collection within hours
What do you do when an important replacement part for an exhibit suddenly goes missing on the way to the trade fair? The response of the Berlin-based company Blackcam, a manufacturer of camera motion systems, is to turn to the igus 3D printing service.
Made of bar stock: special bearings for highest precision in ophthalmology
iglidur® bar stock is used to manufacture a microscope arm for eye examinations. The reason: it can be machined to produce customised plain bearings down to sizes measured in μm to ensure the necessary precision for examinations.
Plastic gears printed in 3D for charging system for electric cars
Easelink, a company from Graz, has developed "Matrix Charging", a charging system consisting of two components. A charging pad connected to the mains is installed in the car park. A connector on the bottom of the e-car drops down when parked over the pad. The charging process starts automatically, without the driver having to connect a cable. Use the igus® 3D printing service to make sure the development of prototypes remains cost-effective while ensuring high quality.
Custom-made component made using the igus® 3D print service
Inspired by the Formula 1, the student teams of the "Formula Student Germany" construction competition compete with each other. For constructing their racing cars, the Formula Student Team from Weingarten near Ravensburg needed customised plastic pinions, among other things. With the 3D print service by igus®, these components were not only produced quickly, but also made of wear-resistant iglidur® material.
Machined from bar stocks: durable and wear-resistant plain bearings for finger prosthesis
This prosthesis is an electrically powered finger. The joint at the base of the finger is moved directly via a gear motor, which carries along the middle joint via a flexible connection. All axes involved in this movement are mounted through plastic sockets made of the material iglidur® J. Altogether, 8 bearings are integrated in one finger.
Made of bar stocks: components made of iglidur® reduce maintenance costs
In a tyre soaping station, metal bearings were used up to now, which regularly led to a breakdown of the system. Now, these bearings have been replaced with plastic bearings from igus® bar stocks. This saves costs of several thousand Euro per year.