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  • 4 Considerations When Choosing a Lead Screw

    4 Considerations When Choosing a Lead Screw

    Discover the four main data points every engineer should consider when looking to properly utilize lead screws and polymer nuts in their applications.

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  • What Is a 7th Axis for Robots?

    What Is a 7th Axis for Robots?

    In this blog post, learn how you can expand the reach and workspace of your robot simply by adding a 7th axis. We'll discuss its benefits and how you can make your new system maintenance-free.

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  • How to Measure Bearings

    How to Measure Bearings

    Whether you are looking to replace an old bearing or seeking out extras to have on hand, knowing how to measure your bearings beforehand is important and can save you some hassle.

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  • Still Using Metal Ball Bearings in Packaging Equipment? Consider This Maintenance-Free Alternative

    Still Using Metal Ball Bearings in Packaging Equipment? Consider This Maintenance-Free Alternative

    What if I told you there's a dry-running, lightweight polymer alternative to metal ball bearings? Well, you better believe it because this type of solution does exist! Learn all about it here.

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  • 3D-Printed Spare Parts from igus® Cut This Company's Operation & Maintenance Costs by Nearly 50%

    3D-Printed Spare Parts from igus® Cut This Company's Operation & Maintenance Costs by Nearly 50%

    Custom-made spare parts can be expensive, and the downtime that's required when those components fail can cost companies even more money. Discover how wear-resistant 3D-printed parts can help you save

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  • How to Use the igus® 3D-Printing CAD Configurator

    How to Use the igus® 3D-Printing CAD Configurator

    In this blog post, learn how to use our 3D-printing CAD configurator so you can easily and quickly order wear-resistant SLS gears, racks, bearings and more.

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  • What Is a Thermocouple Compensation Cable?

    What Is a Thermocouple Compensation Cable?

    In this blog post, you'll learn what a thermal compensation cable is, how it works and where it can be used.

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  • 3D Printing Wear-Resistant Components With ESD Properties

    3D Printing Wear-Resistant Components With ESD Properties

    In this blog post, you'll discover a new SLS-printing material with ESD properties. Learn about the material's characteristics and how it's wear rate compares to PA12 printing materials.

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  • chainflex® Flexible Cables in Stage Technology

    chainflex® Flexible Cables in Stage Technology

    In this post, read about stage technology and the complexities of selecting the safest cable carrier and flexible cable to avoid incidents.

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  • Should your warehouse invest in robotics in 2021?

    Should your warehouse invest in robotics in 2021?

    Let's look at the major pros and cons to understand how robotics help fulfillment centers improve their processes.

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  • Can Control Cables Be Used as AS-i Bus Cables?

    Can Control Cables Be Used as AS-i Bus Cables?

    In this post, we discuss if it's truly possible to use control cables with AS-i Bus systems and what is required to do so.

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  • Self-Lubricating Plain Bearings: How They Work

    Self-Lubricating Plain Bearings: How They Work

    In this post, read about what makes igus® plain bearings self-lubricating and how these properties could save you money while improving your machine.

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  • Determining the Service Life of 3D-Printed Plastic Components

    Determining the Service Life of 3D-Printed Plastic Components

    In this post, read about the service life of 3d printed parts from igus®, which are made from durable materials & have extremely low wear rates.

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  • Decisions, Decisions: 3D Printer or 3D Printing Service?

    Decisions, Decisions: 3D Printer or 3D Printing Service?

    In this post, read about when it is best to buy your own 3d printer and when it is best to opt for 3d printing services like those offered by igus®.

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  • 3D Printing with Wear-Resistant Plastics

    3D Printing with Wear-Resistant Plastics

    In this post, read about the industrial 3d printing service offered by igus®, which produces industrial grade parts that go beyond just prototyping.

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  • Cable Monitoring with Smart Plastics: What It Is & How It Works

    Cable Monitoring with Smart Plastics: What It Is & How It Works

    In this post, read about the CF.Q cable failure sensor system developed by igus®, which detects cable failure in advance.

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  • What Are the Types of Internal Separators for Energy Chains?

    What Are the Types of Internal Separators for Energy Chains?

    In this post, read about the importance of proper separation for cables within a cable carrier & the different types of interior separators offered by igus®.

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  • Quick Tips For Growing Your CNC Machine Shop Business

    Quick Tips For Growing Your CNC Machine Shop Business

    Let's review how your CNC machine shop can perfect a growth strategy that wins new agreements despite today's challenging obstacles.

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  • Design tips: multi-material parts from the 3D printer

    Design tips: multi-material parts from the 3D printer

    Learn design tips from the wear resistant 3D printing experts about how to design parts that utilize mixed filaments materials.

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  • There's an Easier Way to Strip Your Cables

    There's an Easier Way to Strip Your Cables

    In this post, read about the development of the CFStrip from igus®, and how it was devised to be an easier method for stripping highly specialized cable.

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