Extensive research and development has been undertaken by igus, into 3D printing filaments in order to offer its industrial customers more freedom in their product design and prototyping. The result was the world’s first structural plastic filament for use in 3D printing, designed specifically for moving applications.
Customers can purchase the filament for use in their own 3D printers or specify and order parts direct from igus via its easy online ordering and 3D printing service, which now offers automated pricing.
Using the tribo-filament, it is now possible to create 3D-printed plain bearings that deliver both form and function. Being 50 times more wear-resistant than conventional 3D printing materials, it was developed for engineers that need to create structurally robust prototypes or even small batch samples for real-world testing. The lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur tribo-filament has exceptional strength, even when compared to parts made traditionally via machining and injection moulding.
The process of purchasing parts made with igus tribo-filament materials is now even easier via the igus three step online ordering and 3D printing service:
“Thanks to 3D printing, the prices are competitive for making both prototypes and small batches for production,” said igus director, Robert Dumayne. “Depending on part complexity, completed 3D-printed components can be delivered in as little as 24 hours.”