igus GmbH, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, focuses on the development of tribologically optimized polymers for industrial components. Since 2015, it has offered 3D printing materials for FFF and SLS that are superior in wear resistance and friction to other plastics used in 3D printing.
These polymers and compounds – called "motion plastics” – enable the manufacture of functional parts used in moving applications. This allows for the replacement of metal components in certain applications – as well as eliminates the need for additional lubrication, saving weight, energy, service time, and money.
“Our focus on tribologically optimized material has crystallized over time and due to customer needs,” Niklas Eutebach, Development Engineer for AM at igus, says. “With the onset of desktop FFF printing some years back, it was only natural to explore this new and exciting field. Today, producing one-off, mass individualized and on-demand wear-resistant parts without tooling costs has become the new normal.”