11/20/2019

Igus High Performance Polymers Ensure Wear Resistance

Formnext 2019: Igus’ offered material range includes special filaments for 3D printing with the fused deposition modeling/fused filament fabrication method (FDM/FFF) and polymers for selective laser sintering (SLS).

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Igus’ offered material range includes special filaments for 3D printing with the fused deposition modeling/fused filament fabrication method (FDM/FFF) and polymers for selective laser sintering (SLS). The main focus of the developers is on the wear and abrasion resistance of special polymers, specifications that lead to a long service life of 3D printed components — such as plain bearings, gears, rollers, grippers and joints, the company says.

"In terms of robustness, 3D printing even keeps up with the injection moulding process," says Tom Krause, head of additive manufacturing at Igus. "Tests have shown that the wear resistance of the additively manufactured parts is absolutely comparable to injection moulded parts. Our tribologically optimised filaments are up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than standard 3D print materials."

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