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3D-printed igus® polymer piano hammer is the “first major innovation in the instrument in decades”.

Published on: October 11, 2019

The piano is one of the world’s most popular musical instruments, but its mechanics and design are much the same as those made a century ago or more. Now, an English piano builder—who is an engineer and a pianist as well—devised what is being called a unique hammer system incorporating 3D-printed tribopolymer components that produce improved sound as well as durability and climate resistance.

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How Harmonic Bionics designs lightweight, upper-body exoskeletons

Published on: September 3, 2019

In human anatomy, the shoulder presents one of the most challenging and complex physical problems for physicians and therapists. Shoulders and their intricate anatomical patterns also provide a unique test for developers of exoskeletons, who need to keep their units light and compact while incorporating an extensive range of movement.

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Igus Turns Bearings, Cables and Energy Chains into Smart Plastics

Published on: August 2, 2019

Igus has created a system of data collection to monitor machine equipment with the goal of reducing downtime with a communication module connected to the company’s IT.

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igus Makes High Temperature 3D Printing More Accessible

Published on: April 2, 2019

While Germany-based company igus GmbH is well-known for its linear guides, motion stages, bearings, and e-chains and plastic guides to protect cables, it also does a decent amount of business in the 3D printing industry. In addition to polymer materials and specialized filaments, such as its lubrication-free iglidur for making smooth industrial components, the company also offers its own online 3D printing service, so that customers can purchase models made out of its materials.

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