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Online tool configures shafts in seconds

07 November 2019

Designing the right shaft for an application is not easy without CAD software and in-depth technical knowledge. Addressing this, igus has now developed a new, free-of-charge and freely accessible online tool with the drylin shaft configurator.

In just three steps, designers can select the right shaft in the required length from seven materials, machine the main body and the machined ends with standard elements, such as chamfers and grooves, and order the configuration. In addition, STEP files of the configuration and a dimension drawing are available for download, free of charge.

In the first step of the drylin shaft configurator, the designer can choose between seven different shaft materials with diameters from 6 to 50 mm, then state the length and number of required shafts. In addition to hard-anodised aluminium shafts, hardened or chrome-plated steel shafts, several hardened stainless-steel materials and VA shafts are also offered. Stainless steel shafts are suitable for the food processing industry, while aluminium shafts are a lightweight and cost-effective alternative for general engineering applications.

In the second step, the user can machine the shaft body and/or the shaft ends. There are14 standard machining stages available, to add bevelled edges, holes, threads or grooves. An intelligent system behind the online tool prevents an unavailable design by giving the designer maximum and minimum values. Other hints and tips make shaft configuration both simple and easy

In the last step, an overview of the configuration is provided, including the price and delivery time. Here they can order the shaft or request a quote, download the dimension drawing and the CAD data of the product. There is also the possibility to save the configuration or to share it with colleagues via a link, which is very practical, especially when designing large projects. After receiving the order, it will be sent digitally to the factory, where the shaft will be manufactured by igus within 3-6 days and then dispatched for delivery.

 
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