Motion plastics specialist igus has expanded its range of wear-resistant tribo-filaments for 3D printing with the chemical-resistant iglidur C210. The company now offers a total of six materials that are suitable for printing using the fused deposition modelling (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.
3D printing is poised to revolutionise industrial production in the coming years. And, says igus, successful additive manufacturing requires 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. igus tribo-filaments are designed for friction and wear: components printed from these materials are up to 50 times more wear-resistant than standard plastics used for 3D printing.
The new iglidur C210 tribo-filament is extremely resistant to chemicals, withstanding a large number of acids and solvents, including hydrogen peroxide, which is frequently used as a bleach and disinfectant. Characterised by high wear-resistance, parts printed in this material are also resilient to high temperatures. The material can withstand application temperatures up to 180degC in the short term and up to 100degC in the long term.
Available with a diameter of 1.75 or 3mm, this new tribo-filament can therefore be used in commercial 3D printers for the FDM process. 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.
iglidur C210 is available as a filament material, or alternatively as a finished, ready-to-install printed component using the igus 3D printing service (visit www.igus.co.uk/3Dprint). In three simple steps, prototypes or special parts for small batch production can be produced easily, quickly and at a low cost.