New lead screw configurator from igus
Looking for a lead screw usually means a lot of effort for the user. Technical drawing skills and access to a CAD programme are required. igus has now developed the unique lead screw configurator so that customers can quickly design their own lead screw and the associated drawing without in-depth technical knowledge and CAD software. Now anyone can make use of the largest lead screw shop in the world and design their individually manufactured and long-lasting lead screw that matches their application.
Whether trapezoidal, high helix or metric threads: lead screws in combination with nuts made of iglidur high-performance polymers ensure lubrication-free adjustment for long-lasting and smooth running. But designing the right drive solution has demanded a lot of effort and the necessary knowledge in technical drawing so far.
From determining the right parameters up to machining the lead screw, and designing with a CAD programme and checking for technical plausibility up to ordering, the process took several hours to several days. Therefore, the motion plastics specialist igus has now developed a new tool for easy configuration of the ideal lead screw, which directly checks the plausibility of the configuration. This way, anyone can become a designer without any CAD software. In three steps, the user can customise his lead screw, configure the machined end and directly generate a dimension drawing. Then he can download the 3D model of his configuration and order the pre-configured lead screw or request a binding offer.
Design long-lasting lead screw in a few minutes
The configuration takes place very quickly, within three steps. In the first step, the customer can determine the lead screw type. In addition to the classic trapezoidal thread and the metric thread, the user also has the option of choosing the dryspin high helix thread. This is a thread patented by igus, which ensures a higher efficiency through an optimised flank angle. After selecting the thread type, the user can determine the thread direction, the material and the lead screw length. In the second step, the machined ends are configured. Here, the configurator offers the user the opportunity to configure the base body from outside inwards and add 12 standard elements such as chamfer, clamping surface or circlip to the machined end. In the configuration process, the designer can download the current dimension drawing directly at any time. Another service: the price of the lead screw is displayed, so the user already sees the change in price during the configuration process.
In the third step, the customer receives a complete overview of his configuration. He can download the STEP file for further construction of his application, save the configuration as a link for follow-up orders, or share it with colleagues. With a simple click, the fully configured lead screw can be ordered online. The order is automatically transmitted to the igus factory, where its processing starts within 30 minutes.