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3D print filament impresses during tests with injection moulding quality

Our iglidur® J260-PF Tribo filament is more resistant to wear than standard print material

We have tested our latest Tribo filament, the iglidur® material J260-PF, at our research laboratory. We started by comparing our print filament against the 3D printing material ABS and then against our own injection moulded parts made from the same high-performance plastic. The series of tests involved linear and rotating movements on shafts made from hardened, smoothed steel and stainless steel.

The comparative tests showed that 3D-printed igus® motion plastics® are also strong in moving applications

The coefficients of friction for our iglidur® J260-PF tribo-filament were low in all tests. However, the ABS material failed the rotating test on the stainless steel shaft.

The printed plain bearings made of our tribo-filament had a similar wear resistance to our standard injection-moulded parts on all test rigs.


This means printed parts such as plain bearings and worm gears can be installed and put to use in industrial applications immediately.
 

Tribo filament rotating wear test  

The comparative tests show the low coefficient of wear (Y) of the iglidur® J260-PF Tribo filament in rotating motion. (Rotating wear: p=1 Mpa; v=0.3 m/s)
 
(A) ABS printed; (B) iglidur® J260-PF printed;
(C) iglidur® J260-PF injection moulded

Tribo filament linear wear test  

The comparative tests show the low coefficient of wear (Y) of the iglidur® J260-PF Tribo filament in linear motion. (Linear wear: v=0.3 m/s; p=1 MPa; l=5 mm)
 
(A) Printed ABS; (B) Printed iglidur® J260-PF;
(C) Injection-moulded iglidur® J260-PF