Mar.26, 2014

Igus, the tribo polymer specialist from Cologne, Germany introduced the world's first tribo-plastic (tribologically optimized special plastic) filament for 3D printers. According to the company, the material is up to 50 times more resistant to abrasion than conventional 3D printing materials and it is suitable for printing bearings. Combining the 3D printing with the tribo filament it is now possible to create plain bearings in any shape for special applications.

Tribology is the science of the interaction of friction, lubrication and wear. igus uses the term "Triboplastics" to describe its injection-molded polymers. They are tribologically optimized material compounds designed for low wear and long life and form the basis for all igus' products and systems.

Igus has researched in the field of 3D printing filament in order to offer its customers more freedom in products design. The first result was the tribo-plastic filament for 3D printers, which has been designed specifically for moving applications.

Users can now produce bearing prototypes quickly and in relatively low cost. If 3D models of Igus products are available on its website, users can simply download them in STL format and print out directly.

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Ellen from igus wrote at 4/8/2014 2:52:08 PM:

Hello again! As promised I'm back. The 3D filament has been officially debuted at Hannover Messe, and is available for preorder here:

Ellen from igus wrote at 3/31/2014 5:47:09 PM:

Hi Everyone! We're so excited about the launch of the 3D printing filament as it seems you are too! The product has just finished development and testing at our headquarters in Cologne, Germany, and will officially be launched at the Hannover Messe Fair in Germany, April 7-11. After the fair, we will be able to officially launch the product to the North American marketplace. Until then, we will keep you posted with more information as it becomes available. If you'd like, you can head over to our website,, and sign up for weekly newsletters, which will include information about the 3D filament. As soon as it is available, I'll post another comment here with a link to the new igus 3D filament page. Thanks everyone for your interest!

crakker wrote at 3/29/2014 8:56:20 PM:

Igus is the shit! Respect to this company to walk this kind of way...hope to get this material to print soon

Perry Engel (aka cerberus333) wrote at 3/27/2014 7:28:29 PM:

Short list of questions: 1) How does this filament feed? I mean, it's benifit is 'slipperyness' I would guess that might be a 'sticking point'. 2) Extruding temperature? 3) print platform? heated? kapton? 4) smell? (can i print in the home office? 5) hardness? ------------------------------------------ that being said I welcome any new materials for printing, Makes prototyping things more interesting! Finally, If I were printing bearings etc, I would want to use a cartesian based FDM printer for dimensional accuracy. Deltas are great for artistic, but dimensional accuracy is not their strong suit. But yes it i a nice looking delta.

Bogdan wrote at 3/27/2014 1:14:45 AM:

That delta looks so nice!

Albert wrote at 3/26/2014 11:06:57 PM:

is compound of acetal resin with mineral filler and lubricant additives, where are news? already on the injection plastics market.

eagleApex wrote at 3/26/2014 5:52:31 PM:

What a tease! I can't find any other source for this story, even on the Igus press page. Where can I buy it? I want some! Please take my money.

Devon wrote at 3/26/2014 4:09:48 PM: (from Taiwan)

Brian Boatright wrote at 3/26/2014 3:19:16 PM:

They have a nice website and a large selection of linear parts and ship from within US in RI. I've emailed them, asking about the Delta 3D printer shown in this article. I'm curious the details on its design and the specific parts that were used from IGUS.

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