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Motion plastics specialist igus is pleased to announce that it has reduced the base price of its iglidur i3‑PL selective laser sintering (SLS) material by 30%, with a corresponding decrease in printed part price. Since its introduction a year ago, there has been a general rise in volume of the material due to overall demand.

“Our customers prefer to use the SLS process for the selective laser sintering process (SLS) for producing 3D parts with better precision, compared to parts printed using the  Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technique,” explains Robert Dumayne, dry-tech director at igus. “Parts printed with the iglidur i3-PL material can also achieve a much higher strength and abrasion resistance using the SLS method.”

An additional benefit of using laser sintering is that no support structures are needed. This is because the loose powder, which is not processed by the laser, acts as the supporting material. Thus less finishing work is required on the components and the parts can be used directly.

In the igus test laboratory, plain bearings made from this material have been compared with those printed from conventional SLS materials. After pivoting, rotating and linear testing, results indicate that the iglidur i3 PL parts are at least three times more wear resistant.

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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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