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Igus has expanded its 3D printing material offering further with the introduction of a material suitable for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). With the familiar wear resistance of the four already available tribo-filaments for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), the new Iglidur I3-PL tribo-powder is for printing special 3D parts using the SLS technique.

In the Igus test laboratory, plain bearings made from the new material have been compared with those printed from conventional SLS materials. After pivoting, rotating and linear testing, initial results indicate that the iglidur® I3-PL parts are at least three times more wear resistant.

“Selective laser sintering produces a 3D part with better precision, compared to parts printed using the FDM technique,” explains Robert Dumayne, director at Igus. “Another advantage of the new Iglidur I3-PL material is that the parts can achieve a much higher strength due to the pressure in the SLS method.”

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

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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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