Printed low-fric­tion plas­tic bear­ings

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -­eren­quiry #140926

Igus has in­tro­duced the world’s first plas­tic fil­a­ment for 3D prin­ters en­hanced with tri­bo­log­i­cal, or low fric­tion, prop­er­ties. The ma­te­rial, 50 times more resistant to wear and abra­sion than con­ven­tional 3D printer ma­te­ri­als, is ide­ally suited for cre­at­ing cus­tom bear­ings.

Igus has been re­search­ing fil­a­ments for 3D prin­ters to pro­vide cus­tomers with more f lex­i­bil­ity in their de­sign ideas. Now, for ex­am­ple, peo­ple can de­sign cus­tom parts or man­u­fac­ture pro­to­types, while still be­ing able to rely on the de­pend­able, tested ser­vice life of Igus plas­tic ma­te­ri­als.

This new prod­uct, which has al­ready com­pleted count­less tests in the company’s lab, is the first fil­a­ment for 3D printer specif­i­cally de­vel­oped for mo­tion con­trol ap­pli­ca­tions.

The new fil­a­ment will give users more f lex­i­bil­ity for the de­sign of their ap­pli­ca­tion’s bear­ings, and even pro­to­types can be pro­duced quickly and cost-ef­fec­tively.

The firm also of­fers ac­cess to 3D mod­els of its prod­ucts in STL for­mat, which can eas­ily be down­loaded and used di­rectly as in­put data for 3D print­ing.

3D prin­ters are able to print full-size, three-di­men­sional ob­jects. This tech­nol­ogy will be able to re­duce the high tooling costs of part pro­duc­tion, and waste is elim­i­nated, as only the de­sired ob­ject is printed, for ad­di­tional pro­duc­tion sav­ings.

With the proper com­puter soft­ware, any printed com­po­nent can be cus­tomised to the ex­act shape and size de­sired, mak­ing oth­er­wise im­pos­si­ble-to-find parts avail­able and af­ford­able.

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