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Abrasion resistant and self-lubricating with excellent sliding properties, igus i6-Blue laser sintering material for 3D printers complies with FDA and EU 10/2011 regulations and is easy to detect thanks to its blue coloring, increasing the safety of machines and systems in the food and beverage industry. It is particularly suitable for printing worm gears, toothed gears, and snap-on connections in 3D. The material is resistant to temperatures between -40 and 80°C. If a 3D-printed component breaks, the blue fragments in the product are easy to see and can be quickly identified with detectors.
Due to the high elongation at break, the laser sintering printing material is also suitable for the additive manufacturing of snap-on connections. In addition, iglide i6-Blue increases the hygiene of machines for the food and beverage industry. Microscopic solid lubricants are integrated into the laser sintering material and released automatically during movement, allowing low-friction dry operation, eliminating the need for lubricants, which attract dust and dirt and can become a contamination risk.
“To meet the high demand, we have now developed iglide i6-Blue, a blue-colored printing powder compatible with all common laser sintering printers,” says Tom Krause, head of the igus additive manufacturing business unit. “The blue, high-performance plastic is easy to detect and is also food-compliant. Unlike conventionally manufactured laser-sintered components, iglide i6-Blue complies with FDA and EU 10/2011 regulations."
Machine manufacturers without their own 3D printer can use the igus 3D printing service—with no minimum order quantity. All they have to do is submit a 3D model of their component. The laser sintering printer then produces it in layers from the new iglide i6-Blue printing material.
“For special components, prototypes, and series of up to 10,000 pieces, we can reduce delivery time from several weeks to seven days,” says Krause. “More and more customers are grateful to accept this deal in the face of faltering supply chains worldwide.”