Published on March 3rd, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
Drlin SLT13 linear axis, a 3D printing component by IGUS, 50 times wear-resistant than other plastics
Igus, a leading parts manufacturing company has launched a new product, Drylin SLT13 linear axis. This revolutionary component is designed to improve the functionality of 3D printers.
Igus Operations from Germany is known to deliver high-end plastic parts for a wide range of industries. T is currently engaged in supplying parts to the 3D printer industry. These supply parts include screw drives for print bed mechanisms, chains and cables for print heads, and plastic filament that is used for producing 3D printed parts.
Designed for the X, Y, and Z axis of the 3D printing mechanism, the drlin SLT13 is a custom-made screw lead unit. It facilitates smooth movements, keeping in line with the other products of Igus. This enables low maintenance from the operator. Moreover, the device consists of minimal components, making the setup process easy. Robert Dumayne, dry-tech director of Igus, said that they developed the SLTI3 lead screw unit for quick and very easy assembly, with immense scalability. This scalability is possible as the carriage and end blocks are 3D printed. 3D printing the components means that Igus can supply a huge variety of different components customized for companies manufacturing 3D printers. And Igus’ customers receive their customized products within 48 hours of placing an order.
The components are made from the Igildur 3D printing filament, also from Igus. This tribologically optimized plastic is affordable and has a very high level of resistance to wear and tear. The Igildur filament is tested to be up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than other 3D printer plastics. This strength is as great as that of metals, though the plastic is much lighter and noiseless.
Igus’s products are widely used in 3D printing applications like the 3D scanner from Sicnova 3D was made using the drylin belt axis and motors supplied by Igus. The 3D printers released by Cobot, Kuhling&Kuhling, and Reprap Austria, all comprise of Igus’ parts. Igus has also donated a 3D printer to a university in Bensberg, Germany.