New igus SLS material for wear-resistant parts with ESD properties

For safe and reliable production in the electronics
and semiconductor industry, components with electrostatically conductive
properties are required. This is because even a small electric shock can
destroy expensive production lines.

igus has now developed a new stable material for the
SLS method so that users can make their wearing parts with ESD properties
flexibly and cost-effectively. The lubrication-free special parts made of
iglidur I8-ESD can be ordered from Treotham.

Wear-resistant parts in the electronics and
semiconductor industry are not only required to have a long service life but
must also be electrostatically conductive, because a surge of electrostatic
charge that is not dissipated by an insulating material can easily destroy the
product. For the fast additive manufacture of electrostatically conductive
special parts, igus has now developed a new iglidur tribo-polymer.

iglidur I8-ESD is the third igus material that Treotham
offers for the SLS method. The advantages of this method are evident: the user
has a great deal of design freedom and can make the component without any tool
costs. Moreover, no plastic waste is produced as the excess powder can be used
several times and printed parts can be recycled. The parts made of the new SLS
powder – like all igus materials – need no additional lubrication and are very
structurally stable.

“With iglidur I8-ESD, we now include a
tribo-polymer in our product range that has a resistance of 3×107 ‚Ѷ x cm. In
addition, the material is inherently black. As a result, subsequent colouring
is not necessary, whereby costs are lowered and the delivery time is improved,”
explains Tom Krause, head of business unit – additive manufacturing at igus
GmbH.

“The user receives a very durable component that
comes with all the desirable ESD properties.”

iglidur
I8-ESD convinces with high wear resistance

The igus tribo-polymers undergo numerous tests in igus’
3,800-square-metre test laboratory. Here a pivoting test confirmed that the
abrasion resistance of a sintered iglidur I8-ESD wear-resistant part was twice that
of a PA12 sintered component. iglidur I8-ESD was also convincing in a linear
wear test.

Treotham currently offers iglidur I8-ESD as SLS powder
for processing in the customer’s own facility or for manufacture of a component
in the igus 3D printing service.

For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.

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