iglidur filaments for wear-resistant 3D printing on the Ultimaker podcast

Maria Burkanova | 29. June 2020

Ultimaker, the 3D printing manufacturer, produces the Talking Additive Podcast, a platform for innovative suppliers of 3D printing solutions for industry. In the current episode, presenter Matt Griffin talks to our colleague and 3D printing specialist Niklas Eutebach about the special features of the self-lubricating iglidur tribo-filament and how 3D printed moving functional parts can be improved by a factor of up to 50 with these materials.

Listen here now: what is behind tribo-filament for wear-resistant parts?

Ultimaker, a Dutch company, manufactures desktop 3D printers and the associated software and is among the best-known companies in the 3D printing industry. The decisive advantage of Ultimaker printers is its wide range of materials, which makes them extremely flexible for use in a wide variety of areas.

Material partnership between igus and Ultimaker

In this context, Ultimaker created the Material Alliance programme, where 3D print filament manufacturers can provide the material profiles of their own products on the Ultimaker Marketplace. Users benefit from having the right printing profile ready to install at a mouse click with the optimum settings to start out with. This provides a tremendous time advantage. igus is represented with wear-resistant filaments: iglidur I150, iglidur I180 and soon iglidur I190, an all-rounder that is even more wear-resistant.

Local manufacturing as a vision for the future

Ultimaker’s vision focuses on local manufacturing and digital distribution. For instance, 3D printing manufacture is to be carried out directly at the user’s location – with a locally installed printer, of course. The Ultimaker ecosystem removes a technical obstacle on the road to using 3D printers flexibly in a wide variety of industries and departments. Models and spare parts can be designed by specialists and manufactured on local printers belonging to customers, eliminating shipping time and benefitting the environment.

This vision goes hand-in-hand with that of igus – Tech up, cost down: give the customer the best technical solution at the lowest possible price. And what lowers costs and accelerates product development and repairs more than locally available functional prototypes, special parts and wear-resistant spare parts?

If you aren’t yet familiar with tribo-filaments or would like to check out the new items in our range, visit our filament shop or look through our digital trade show stand – a trade show stand which can also be shared with customers digitally.

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