Gear wheels from igus can be 3D printed

igus- reviewCost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of engineering applications were shown at Southern Manufacturing 2018 by igus.

Developed to combine the advantages of the E2/000 and E4.1 in one product range, the E4.1L lean features interior clip-in slotted separators that save up to 80% assembly time saving. The design of these lean separators enables layer-by-layer insertion of shelves and cables. Time savings are further increased by using the new lean honeycomb strain relief, says the company.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, was another key focus during the show. The company’s online configurator enables engineers to configure gear wheels. Entering the specifications of the required gear wheel (tooth module, number of teeth, width and inner diameter) automatically displays a 3D model that can be exported as a STEP file and uploaded onto the online 3D printing service. With a mouse click, the customer can order printed parts for shipment within one to three days, or request a quotation.