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High strength through fiber reinforcement: igus develops high-strength filament for 3D printing

With the high-strength and stiff igumid P190 3D printing filament, very stable structural and multi-material components can be built – light, lubricant-free and corrosion-free. (Source: igus GmbH)

igumid P190 can be used for multi-material printing as well as very stable structural components

CONNECTICUT, USA, Aug. 3, 2022 / — Motion plastics specialist igus has developed igumid® P190, a new filament for 3D printing very rigid and durable thanks to its reinforced carbon fiber. The material is suitable for structural components and connection elements for drag chains, as well as for 2-component 3D printing in combination with iglide® i190. The new igumid P190 can be purchased as filament for 3D printing or ordered via the igus online 3D printing service.

Since 2020, the plastics specialist igus has been offering 2-component (2K) 3D printing, which makes it easy to combine different material properties. This is also the idea behind the new igumid P190 fiber reinforced filament, which was specially developed as a material partner for the iglide i190 tribofilament. iglide i190 is characterized by its high wear resistance and excellent service life thanks to the solid lubricants incorporated in the material. Its abrasion resistance is up to 50 times greater than that of conventional 3D printing filaments.

“Thanks to multi-material printing, these two filaments can be combined in a single manufacturing step to create a highly stable and at the same time friction-optimized component”, explains Tom Krause, Head of Additive Manufacturing at igus .

2K printers work with the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) process. The two plastics are melted in separate pressure nozzles and are built up layer by layer to form a part.

“The two filaments together have an excellent material bond. This makes them ideal for multi-material printing,” says Tom Krause.

2K components are used in the pliers, so they have a bend-resistant body and, at the same time, flexible gripping surfaces for a secure grip.

Stable, light, proven
The filament has a low density of 1.25 g/cm³, while the high strength of the material guarantees reduced material requirements. Thus, igumid P190 can also be used for lightweight construction. Due to its high strength and stiffness, igumid P190 is also suitable for the production of highly durable structural components. Internal testing in accordance with DIN EN ISO 178 at igus’ 3,800 square meter facility has demonstrated that the filament has a flexural strength of up to 237 MPa and a flexural E-modulus of 11.5 GPa thanks to fiber reinforcement.

Learn more about igus 3D printing materials here.

Michael Rielly
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igus GmbH develops and produces motion plastics. These high-performance, self-lubricating polymers improve technology and reduce costs everywhere things move. In power supplies, highly flexible cables, plain and linear bearings and tribopolymer lead screw technology, igus is the global market leader. The family business based in Cologne, Germany, is represented in 35 countries and employs 4,900 people worldwide. In 2021, igus achieved a turnover of 961 million euros. Research at the industry‘s leading testing labs consistently produces innovation and more safety for users. Two hundred and thirty-four thousand items are available in stock and the shelf life can be calculated online. In recent years, the company has grown by creating internal startups, for example, ball bearings, robot drives, 3D printing, the RBTX platform for Lean robotics and “smart plastics” smart for Industry 4.0. Among the most important environmental investments are the “chainge” program – recycling of used energy chains and participation in a company that produces oil from plastic waste.

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