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Rapid prototyping has now got even faster

Rapid prototyping has now got even faster
Want a part made from one of the Iglidur range of materials from Igus? Well, choose your material and you could have moulded parts within 24 hours. And the same process can also provide the essential bridge tooling you need to take you through to production of up to a few thousand parts.

Polymer specialist Igus has developed a new tooling method for injection moulding which can get custom designed parts delivered in less than 24 hours. As there are no minimum order quantities, Speedigus is suitable for one offs, prototyping, low volumes and bridge tooling. 

"Standard tool manufacture can take 4-8 weeks and is normally only available for minimum orders of around 5,000 pieces," says Matt Aldridge of Igus UK. "But, with Speedigus you can get a single part in just one day. All we need is the required quantity and a 3D CAD file of the part." 

Igus currently manufactures Speedigus parts in eight common Iglidur materials (Iglidur G, J, W300, X, M250, P, A180 and H2) as well as Igumid G, the Igus E-Chain material; the designer selects the material best suited to the application, using the simple online selection tool: www.igus.co.uk/speedigus. As Iglidur materials are maintenance- and lubricant-free, long lasting and have a low coefficient of friction, the majority of Speedigus parts manufactured to date are custom design components that have a bearing function. 

"Because Speedigus uses standard Igus materials, the Igus useful service life calculation program is still valid," adds Aldridge. However, engineers can also draw upon other features and benefits of Iglidur materials, such as the combination of light weight with electrical conductivity, chemical resistance or high temperatures. The Igumid E-Chain material additionally offers design possibilities for structural parts, such as brackets, side plate or covers.  

Ideal for orders up to a few thousand parts, prototypes or one-offs Speedigus can accommodate parts that fit into an envelope up to 475 x 750 x 200mm, with wall thicknesses down to 0.5mm. All that is required for a quotation is a 3D CAD file, preferably a STEP file, and the required quantity. 

Standard Speedigus tooling lead time is fifteen days from placement of order, but parts can be produced in as little as 24 hours. Every Speedigus quotation comes with full technical component information including lead time options. Tooling charges for the speedigus systems start from £1000 and unit costs are from just 10 pence. As part of this service Speedigus custom tooling is kept for repeat orders as and when required. If production should move to high volumes, then igus manufacture a standard production tool, and unit costs then reduce considerably.
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