Tribopolymer expert igus has developed the world’s first structural plastic filament for use in 3D printing. Developed for engineers wishing to create prototype bearings or small batch samples for real-world tests, the new igus tribo-filament is up to 50 times more wear resistant than conventional plastic materials used for 3D printing. Additionally, it is suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle and uses ABS filaments.
Available in two different materials; iglidur I170 and iglidur I180, with two different diameters; 1.75mm and 3.00mm, the tribo-filament is suited for a range of printing applications. iglidur I170 has a higher linear wear-rate than iglidur I180, allowing it to produce more robust products. iglidur® I180, on the other hand, is more flexible than the stiffer iglidur I170 and can therefore achieve a higher bending radius for faster printing speeds as well as having a slightly higher processing temperature.