Igus Inc. (East Providence, RI), a motion plastics specialist supplying cable management systems, bearings and a range of other industrial motion components, has introduced a new material that is up to 50 times more abrasion resistant than conventional 3D-printer materials.
The iglide tribo filament has undergone extensive testing in the company's in-house lab. It is the first filament for 3D printers specifically developed for dynamic applications.
The filament provides customers with improved flexibility in bearing design; even prototypes can be produced cost-effectively and quickly. Igus' online 3D-CAD library provides access to 3D models for Igus products in STL formats, which can be downloaded and directly used as input data for 3D printing.
The filament will be produced in spool diameters of 1.75 and 3 mm; starter kits with approximately 25 grams of material for initial trials will also be available.