The material iglidur® I3-PL, specially developed for laser sintering, proved to have an abrasion resistance at least 3 times greater than conventional materials for laser sintering during tribological tests in the igus® test laboratory. This means the degree of design freedom for wear-resistant parts has been increased yet again.
Further tests have shown that iglidur® I3 is especially suitable for spur gears and helical-bevel gears as well as for all other types of wear-resistant parts. The material is similar to PA12, and can therefore be machined on standard machinery.
Advantages of laser sintering compared to FDM
A = iglidur® I3-PL
B = PA12
C = PA12 + glass balls
The comparative tests show the low wear rate (Y) of the iglidur® I3-PL material when rotating.
Two factors were considered in the selection of the products mounted on the Formula Student racing car of Team Running Snail of the Amberg-Weiden University: the weight and the utility. The team simply printed a bearing made of iglidur® Tribo-Filament using a 3D printer, after which they machined it a little, and glued it in place.
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