igus launches a new 3D printing resin dedicated to DLP 3D printers, which, according to the company, lasts up to 60 times longer than competing products of this type on the market. Developed using igus’ proprietary “trybo technology”, the resin called iglide i3000 is optimized for the production of precise, highly wear-resistant parts. It is designed to be perfect for creating small, detailed components such as gears with 0.2mm cogs, as well as other applications that typically require filigree recesses or very fine holes.

According to igus, many existing 3D printing resins have a problem when it comes to producing small parts for applications such as model making, because “they are not particularly durable and break quickly”. To remedy this, the company used tribo-technology that it had previously used to develop its J260-PF filament, where the material properties are tailored for lubrication in high-friction use cases.

Using this approach, igus developed the iglide i3000 – a resin enriched with solid lubricants that make it ideal for 3D printing of maintenance-free self-lubricating components. Thanks to the company’s tribo technology, the resin is also able to withstand temperatures of up to 80 ° C, which could potentially lend itself to use in areas requiring high temperatures.

In addition to the new material, igus has announced the expansion of its service offering to include 3D printing with DLP technology, so that it is now able to produce parts down to a size of just 0.035 millimeters. Igus customers will be able to use the new service to order high-durability parts with complex internal channels and workpieces half the size of a human hair.

Although the iglide i3000 is currently in beta and selected customers are testing it, igus printed more than 200,000 abrasion-resistant parts in 2021 alone. With no minimum order quantity, capacity up to 10,000 pieces per batch, and several updates being developed for its online platform, the company is now encouraging those interested in testing its new high-wear parts manufacturing service.

Source: www.igus.com via www.3dprintingindustry.com

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