Machine tool

Rotation in a machine tool

Lars Butenschön | 20. May 2020

Lathes, spindles and machine tools nearly always involve some form of rotation. The guidance of electric cables and hydraulic and pneumatic hoses is usually a difficult challenge. Even though an individual solution is needed for each machine, a variation of the following six possibilities is usually involved: 1. Coiling of an e-chain 2. Coiling of […]


Insert energy chain on the side

mkogelmann | 5. May 2020

The installation space for energy chains is often limited in height. One solution, although not always practical, is then to reduce the bend radius of the energy chain. But this is not always possible. Either the reduction of the bend radius is not sufficient for the chain to fit into the installation space, or it […]


How can workpieces be exchanged faster?

Volker Beissel | 28. April 2020

Machine tool cycle times are being continuously optimised, and loading and unloading must therefore be correspondingly quick. When the gantry is larger, it is especially important that the energy supply keep pace. For travels of 10m or more, the P4 series is well ahead of the pack. This chain is the latest generation of igus […]


Designing more cost-effectively with E4.1L

Michael Hornung | 23. April 2020

Especially in machine tools, many electrical cables and hoses run through the energy chain. Hoses for hydraulics and cooling with large diameters are often necessary to meet the requirements of flow rates. This means that designers must select energy chains with a large interior space.


Can 3D printers replace machine tools?

Sven Weber | 22. April 2020

You need a metallic component. You can quickly import the software model and the part comes out of the 3D printer in no time at all. Swarf doesn’t occur. There is practically no waste. This quickly leads to the question: can 3D printers replace classic machine tools? This blog examines this question for three relevant […]