Tuesday, 20 September 2016

igus presents New Tribo-Filament: Chemical-resistant components from the 3D printer

igus presents New Tribo-Filament: Chemical-resistant components from the 3D printer

The motion plastics specialist igus has expanded its range of wear-resistant Tribo-Filaments for 3D printing with the chemical-resistant iglidur C210 and now offers a total of six materials using the FDM method. Prototypes and small batches for even more applications - for example in contact with aggressive cleaning agents - can be implemented with this new solution.

The 3D printing is poised to revolutionise industrial production in future years. Here, the additive manufacturing always contains two different things, precise 3D printers and high-performance materials. The latter must comply with the special requirements of melting and shrinkage processes in 3D printing and in doing so, must not lose their characteristic material properties. The filaments of the motion plastics specialist igus are designed for friction and wear – components printed from these materials are up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than standard plastics used for the 3D printing.

Specialist for the pharmaceutical and food industry
With iglidur C210, igus now offers a new material as Tribo-Filament, which is extremely resistant to chemicals. It withstands a large number of acids and solvents. The Tribo-Filament made of iglidur C210 is resistant even against hydrogen peroxide, which is frequently used as a bleach and disinfectant. In addition, the material is characterised by high wear resistance, which ensures a long service life for the printed component. It also proves to be tough against high temperatures. The Tribo-Filament can withstand application temperatures up to 180°C in the short term and up to 100°C in the long term. The material is available with a diameter of 1.75 or 3 millimetres and can therefore be used in commercial 3D printers for the FDM process. The filament made of iglidur C210 is suitable for a range of industries and applications, especially for hygienically sensitive areas such as in the pharmaceutical and food industry, where components often come into contact with aggressive cleaning agents.

Already six Tribo-Filaments are available
Besides the new material made of iglidur C210, igus has five other filaments in the range, which can be used to print components. According to requirements, each material has its own benefits for light processing (iglidur I150-PF), an extremely high strength (iglidur I180-PF) or high application temperatures coupled with the best wear resistance (iglidur J260 PF). All Tribo-Filaments from igus have significantly lower coefficients of friction than conventional 3D printing materials. Due to their abrasion resistance, they are particularly suitable for dynamic applications. Tribo-Filaments can be obtained as a filament material, or alternatively as an already finished, ready-to-install printed component from the igus 3D printing service. On the website three simple steps are sufficient, from configuration to order. Prototypes or special parts for small batch production can be produced easily, quickly and at a low cost. With the different Tribo-Filaments and their respective special properties, users can take full advantage of the 3D printing. More economical material and lower energy consumption as well as a quick production open up enormous savings potential.

About igus® India
igus® operations in India started in the year 1998 with head quarters in Bangalore. igus offers widest range of products that includes polymer bearings, igubal® Spherical Bearings Plain Bearings and Bushing Accessories etc. which enable them to serve the whole industrial establishments in India from a small work shop to huge industrial establishments.

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