3D-Printed Grippers Enhance Effectiveness of Packaging Machines

Developed by 3D printing, plastic grippers made of igus tribo-filaments are reportedly up to 85% cheaper and 70% faster to manufacture than their metal counterparts.

3D-printed plastic grippers made of the tribological plastic iglide I150 can reportedly save up to 70 percent manufacturing time, igus reports.Image courtesy of igus GmbH.

Developed by 3D printing, plastic grippers made of igus tribo-filaments are reportedly up to 85% cheaper and 70% faster to manufacture than their metal counterparts.

igus offers optimized 3D print filaments for 3D printing. The high-performance plastics are optimized for wear and friction, and CAD data is available for the products, the company reports.

3D-printed plastic grippers made of the tribological plastic iglide I150 can reportedly save up to 70 percent manufacturing time, igus reports.Image courtesy of igus GmbH. 3D-printed plastic grippers made of the tribological plastic iglide I150 can reportedly save up to 70 percent manufacturing time, igus reports. Image courtesy of igus GmbH.

The individual components of a gripper are exposed to constant wear. Metallic components have to be constantly replaced or lubricated to withstand the wear. Not only are iglide grippers more cost-effective and quick to produce, but they are also lighter than metal grippers, igus reports. igus has filaments available to accommodate a wide variety of application requirements. Compared to standard materials such as polylactide (PLA), the high-performance plastics from igus are wear-resistant and can be processed on all standard 3D printers.

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Sources: Press materials received from the company.


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