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Tribo-polymer specialist igus has developed a structural plastic filament for use in 3D printing. Developed for engineers seeking to create prototype bearings or small-batch samples for real-world tests, the new igus tribo-filament is claimed to be up to 50 times more wear resistant than conventional plastic materials used for 3D printing.


3D printer filament
3D printer filament

In addition, the tribo-filament is suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle and uses ABS filaments.

For those wanting to test igus bearings in specific applications, igus offers its standard bearing products available for download in STL format.

Additionally, the company has made available some creative 3D models as reference designs.

Key features and benefits

  • The tribo-filament is available in two materials (iglidur I170 and iglidur I180) with two diameters (1.75mm and 3.00mm):
    • iglidur I170 has a higher linear wear rate than iglidur I180, allowing it to produce more robust products.
    • iglidur I180 is more flexible than the stiffer iglidur I170 and can therefore achieve a higher bending radius for faster printing speeds, as well as having a slightly higher processing temperature.

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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