Lead screw configurator

Lead screw configurator

April 17, 2019

Igus, Inc.

Cloud/Apps/IoT Design Components

East Providence, Rhode Island – igus has developed a new lead screw configurator that will allow customers to quickly design their own lead screw and associated drawing without in-depth technical knowledge and CAD software.

Designing a lead screw usually requires significant effort for the user, who is required to have technical drawing skills and access to a CAD program. Now, igus has developed a platform where anyone can use the largest lead screw shop in existence and design an individually manufactured and long-lasting part for their application.

The new online system from igus allows designers to configure a long-lasting lead screw in minutes.

Trapezoidal, high helix, or metric thread lead screws in combination with nuts made of iglide high-performance polymers ensure lubrication-free adjustment for long lasting-and smooth-running applications. But designing the right drive solution has demanded significant effort and knowledge in technical drawing. From determining the right parameters up to machining the lead screw, designing with a CAD program, and checking for technical plausibility up to ordering, the process can take several hours or even days.

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

The process starts when the customer determines the type of lead screw. In addition to the classic trapezoidal and metric threads, the user can choose the igus dryspin 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 lead screw strength.

The second step configures the machined ends, letting the user design the base body from outside in, adding 12 standard elements such as chamfer, champing surface, or circlip.

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

In the final step, the customer receives a complete overview of the configuration. The designer can download the STEP file for further constructing the 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 processing starts within 30 minutes.

Try the new configurator here.