East Providence in Rhode Island – igus has developed a new leadscrew 3D configurator that enables customers to quickly design their own leadscrews and associated drawings without in-depth technical knowledge and CAD software.

leadscrew configurator

The design of a lead screw usually requires considerable effort on the part of the user, who must have technical drawing skills and access to a CAD program. Now igus has developed a platform on which everyone can use the largest existing leadscrew workshop and design an individually manufactured and durable part for their application.

With the new online system from igus, designers can configure a long-life leadscrew in just a few minutes.

Trapezoidal, highly spiral-shaped or metric threaded spindles in combination with iglide high-performance polymer nuts ensure lubrication-free adjustment for durable and smooth-running applications. However, developing the right drive solution required considerable technical drawing effort and knowledge. Before determining the correct parameters, machining the lead screw, designing with a CAD program and checking the technical plausibility up to ordering, the process can take several hours or even days.

The new tool for igus directly checks the plausibility of the configuration. In three steps, the user can adapt a lead screw, configure the machined end and directly create a dimension drawing. The designer can download the 3D model of the configuration and order the pre-configured leadscrew or request a binding quote.

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The process begins when the customer determines the type of lead screw. In addition to the classic trapezoidal and metric threads, the user can also select the igus drum high-helix thread for higher efficiency through an optimized flank angle. After selecting the thread type, the user determines the thread direction, the material and the strength of the lead screw.

The second step configures the machined ends so that the user can design the body from the outside to the inside by adding 12 standard elements such as chamfer, clamping surface or circlip.

A designer can download the current dimensioned drawing directly at any time. The price of the lead screw is displayed so that the user can see price adjustments during the configuration process.

The final step gives the customer a complete overview of the configuration. The designer can download the STEP file for further construction of the application, save the configuration as a link for follow-up orders or share it with colleagues. A simple click is all it takes to order the fully configured leadscrew online. The order is automatically transmitted to the igus factory, where machining begins within 30 minutes.

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