Our 3D-printed injection molds produce parts with similar material properties as components from conventional serial molds. igus® 3D prints injection mold tooling out of our engineered composite plastic iglide® materials, which are up to 80% cheaper than steel materials. We extensively test the tribological properties of our plastics inside our 41,000-square-foot lab in Cologne, Germany to ensure each material offers a longer service life than standard 3D-printing materials. All iglide® materials are low-wear, self-lubricating and maintenance-free. More than 50 iglide® plastics are available for printing injection molds.
Our 3D-printed injection molds are ideal for processing parts with special properties, such as conductivity, underwater use, KTW conformity, or high temperature resistance, since those properties cannot be processed in a 3D printer. Printed molds are also up to 80% cheaper than steel materials, and the 3D printing process is 70% faster than manufacturing conventional tooling.
3D printing your components directly is a better option if you need them delivered between 24 hours and three days or if they have a complex design. There is no additional charge for complexity since 3D printing is a tool-less manufacturing process. Directly printing small parts under 5g, whether simple or complex, could also be more cost-effective than injection molding. igus® offers an online 3D printing service so you can easily order custom-made parts and receive them quickly. Our high-performance iglide® materials are also available as filaments for 3D-printing and are well-suited for moving applications due to their high abrasion resistance and excellent coefficients of friction.
Our 3D-printed injection molds produce parts with similar material properties as components from conventional serial molds. That’s because we extensively test the tribological properties of our iglide® plastics inside our 41,000-square foot lab in Cologne, Germany. This ensures that each part made from our materials will offer a longer service life than standard 3D-printing materials.
How does 3D printing work? What types of 3D printing processes are there? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Here, you can find out more about the common types of 3D printing:
Over 50 materials for countless applications. Whether your application is exposed to high temperatures, contact with media or wear-intensive conditions: igus almost always offers a solution.