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world of industries 8/2016 (EN)

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world of industries 8/2016 (EN)

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03 Components of the house of the EU Presidency were produced by 3D printers MDA INDIA Developing new axes for the Print head The engineers at igus co-developed the new axes on which the print head moves. In this process they used their expertise in additive manufacturing: Conventional 3D printers of several manufacturers use igus linear axes, and in its manufacturing facility igus operates its own 3D printer to produce customized sliding elements from its iglidur filaments. In the planning the engineers made use of the modular system of the igus multi-axis gantries. They are available as line, flat and room gantries for one, two and three axes, and depart from predefined surfaces and spaces. In this case, a room gantry is used, in which the x- and y-axis have been implemented with drylin toothed belt units and the z-axis with drylin lead screw / nut systems. The About igus igus GmbH, a family-run company based in Cologne is a leading manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings. The company is represented in 35 countries and employs over 2,950 people worldwide. In 2015, igus generated a turnover of 552 million Euros with motion plastics, plastic components for moving applications. The company’s test laboratories and factories, one of the largest in its sector offers its customers quick turnaround times on innovative solutions tailored to their needs. print head moves precisely on the self-lubricating linear systems via ready to install complete toothed belt systems, supplied by igus. Even for the lead screw units, which position the gantry vertically, drives from igus equipped with position detection are used. As a technology partner igus provided support with proposals for the integration of the printer – which now prints the structural elements up to 5 metres high – in the shipping container and also assisted Actual during the commissioning of second generation “Kamermaker” on site. In addition, other components from the igus construction kit for plain bearings and linear systems were also installed, for example, the igubal pillow block bearings and the igus energy chains for safely guiding the signals and electrical current via cables to the print head. Now a 3D printed Canal house in Amsterdam With the second generation of the “Kamer Maker 2.0”, the company ‘Actual’ can print larger elements with high precision and greater speed. The igus gantry system is extremely instrumental in this. Among the projects undertaken by Actual at present is the “3D printed Canal House”, which is currently being built on a town canal in Amsterdam. The construction site is public and has had more than 40,000 visitors so far. If you want to see a 3D printer building a house “live” in the XXL format, you can do so in Amsterdam at Asterweg 49. (please make a reservation beforehand: infoa@3dprintcanalhouse.com) Photographs: 01-02 igus GmbH, 03 Actual www.igus.com 24 World of Industries 8/2016

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