The collaboration between Ultimaker and igus makes the processing of the iglidur Tribo filaments in the Ultimaker 3D printers considerably easier. Neither expert know-how nor programming skills are required to produce lubricant-free, low-wear components. This is made possible by extensive material tests and the open source software “Cura”.
The free open source software “Cura” from Ultimaker, a leading manufacturer of FFF/FDM 3D printers, enables users to produce their individual components quickly and easily. A 3D model can be prepared in just a few minutes; after selecting the speed and quality, printing begins immediately. Thanks to pre-configured filament profiles, which are available in the Ultimaker Marketplace, the user no longer has to enter any specific parameters for his print material, but receives the best print result at the touch of a button. These profiles are based on extensive testing of the various materials on the Ultimaker printers. These also include the iglidur tribo filaments from the motion plastics specialist igus, with which users can print components that have been specially optimized for friction and wear, such as plain bearings, clamping devices or complex components. “Through the cooperation between Ultimaker and igus, the processing of the iglidur filaments in the Ultimaker 3D printers becomes a ‘plug & play’ solution,” emphasizes Tom Krause, Head of Additive Manufacturing at igus. The prerequisite for this is the installation of the filament profiles in the Cura software, which converts the CAD data into a processable 3D print file. Experienced users can adapt the offered material profiles to their own needs by changing various parameters. The Cura software also allows you to create your own material profiles.
iglidur filaments are suitable for all types of components where wear and friction in motion play a role. Tests in the 3,800 square metre igus test laboratory showed that they have up to 50 times higher wear resistance than conventional 3D printing materials. 3D printing with tribo filaments is a cost-saving alternative, especially for the production of complex moving wear parts in fixture construction, small series and special machine construction. For customers who do not have their own 3D printer, igus also offers a 3D printing service for wear parts, both with iglidur tribo filaments and with their own laser sintering materials. Customers can upload their data online, select the material, calculate service life as well as prices and order their individual wear part directly.
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