Canadian Packaging

igus – world’s first printable bearing material filament for 3D printers

The new plastic material is up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than conventional 3D printed materials.

May 15, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

East Providence, RI—Plastics expert igus has introduced the world’s first plastic filament for 3D printers enhanced with tribological, or low friction, properties. The material, 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D printer materials, is ideally suited for creating custom bearings.

igus has been researching filaments for 3D printers in order to provide customers with more flexibility in their design ideas. Now, for example, customers can design custom parts or manufacture prototypes, while still being able to rely on the dependable, tested service life of igus plastic materials.

This exciting new tribo-filament product, which has already completed countless tests in the igus test lab, is the first filament for 3D printers specifically developed for motion control applications.

Currently, igus carriers 45 different high performance plastics as optional materials available for iglide products, with a further 100 custom materials suited to specific, demanding customer needs.

The new tribo-filament will give customers more flexibility for the design of their application’s bearings, even prototypes can be produced quickly and cost-effectively.

igus also offers access to 3D models of igus products in STL format, which can easily be downloaded and used directly as input data for 3D printing.

3D printers as a cutting-edge technology
3D printers are able to print full-size, three-dimensional objects, an up-and-coming technology that can reduce high tooling costs of part production, and offer waste elimination,  as only the desired object is printed

With the proper computer software, any printed component can be customized to the exact shape and size desired, making otherwise impossible-to-find parts available and affordable.

For more information on the tribo-filament, or to learn about igus components in the 3D printing industry,

About igus
igus develops industry-leading Energy Chain cable carriers, Chainflex continuous-flex cables, DryLin linear bearings and linear guides, iglide plastic bushings, and igubal spherical bearings. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies.

igus provides the right solution from over 80,000 products available from stock, with no minimum order required.

For more information, contact igus at 1-800-521-2747 or visit

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