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igus has developed a tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers. The plastic filament is designed for engineers that wish to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications or solutions.

Tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers

Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the material is said to be up to 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than products made from conventional 3D printer materials such as ABS and PLA.

According to Rob Dumayne, director at igus, all of the company’s bearing products are available for download in STL format and can be used directly as input data for printing replacement parts. igus has also designed some 3D models as reference designs.

Key product features

  • The tribo-filament has been tested extensively in the igus lab.
  • Two different materials in two different diameters are available: iglidur I170, which comes in yellow, has a better wear rate than I180, which comes in white.
  • iglidur I180 is more flexible than the stiffer iglidur I170 and can therefore achieve a higher bending radius for faster printing speeds and has a slightly higher processing temperature.
  • Both printer filaments, the iglidur I170 and iglidur I180, are available in diameters of 175mm and 3.00mm.

Igus

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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