New laser sintering material from igus makes it possible to 3D print chemically resistant tribo-components

Chemical-resistant, self-lubricating and maintenance-free: With the new iglide i10 laser-sintered 3D printing material, customers quickly get their prototypes and small production volumes. (Source: igus GmbH)

iglide i10 high performance plastic is resistant to acids, bases, alcohols, greases and oils

STAMFORD, CT, USA, Aug. 25, 2022 / — igus®, the leader in mobile plastics, is expanding the reach of its 3D printing service. The company will now offer chemically resistant and self-lubricating tribo-polymer components that can be manufactured by Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). This evolutionary step is made possible by a new printing material for laser sinter printers – iglide® i10. The new material is resistant to acids, bases, alcohols and fats and is therefore suitable for use in industries such as electroplating and food processing.
The new laser sinter printing material from igus is also characterized by its high ductility and low moisture absorption. The iglide i10 material is ideal for lightweight industrial functional components with elastic properties.

High food safety: new laser sinter printing material is FDA compliant
There are many applications for the new printing material. 3D printed components in electroplating baths for coating processes must be acid resistant; otherwise, faults and possible system failures are at risk.
“However, the new material is also interesting for applications in the packaging and food industries,” says Tom Krause, Head of Additive Manufacturing at igus. “That’s because we’re one of the few manufacturers to have laser sinter printing materials certified to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifications.”
The new material also complies with EU Regulation 10/2011, which certifies that the plastic is harmless in contact with food.

3D printing service produces industrial components in days
igus will also offer the new printing material in its own 3D printing service. Customers can upload a STEP file online with the 3D model of the desired component and select the quantity and printing material.
igus will then manufacture the self-lubricating and maintenance-free elements by selective laser sintering. A laser fuses very fine powder layers of the material onto a build platform, which is lowered layer by layer. Step by step, the component is created.
“The process has the advantage of being tool-free and significantly more cost effective and faster than traditional processes such as injection molding. This is especially true for prototypes and small production volumes,” says Krause.
Thus, the customer could receive the 3D printed component five days after receipt of the order by igus.

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