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Plastic Bearings Put to the Test in North American Tour

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Gorski
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Plastic bearings
Gorski   8/16/2014 12:52:03 PM
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I made a post on 9-16 but didn't sign it. I hope it's counted.

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IGUS AND PLASTIC BEARINGS
bobjengr   8/17/2014 2:03:33 PM
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Excellent post Ellen.  Very informative.  I am assuming the process will be examination of the bearings after the tour is completed.  It will definitely be interesting to see the results when they examine the bearings and the wear experienced. I hope you can do a follow-up to tell us the projected MTTF (meantime to failure) and the MTBF (meantime between failures).  Plastic bearings also lend themselves to 3-D printing methodologies allowing for quicker prototypes and production.  Great post.  

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Elizabeth M   8/18/2014 5:30:27 AM
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I don't know a lot about this--have plastic bearings been used much and have there been historical problems with them? I can understand why people think metal is better, but it seems with all the processes and technology available today, plastic bearings would have come a long way. It will definitely be interesting to see the results of this test.

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erathburn   8/18/2014 9:49:16 AM
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Elizabeth M, That's the thinking behind the tour - put plastic bearings to the test to show engineers just how strong plastics can be. Plastic can outperform metal, and iglide on tour wants to prove it! Thanks for your comments!  

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Elizabeth M   8/19/2014 4:04:40 AM
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You're welcome, erathburn. I will definitely be interested to hear about the results. I have the mindset that plastic parts in cars are not nearly as strong as metal, but perhaps that is just my experience to date. My mind can be changed.

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erathburn   8/18/2014 9:47:15 AM
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bobjengr, Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. After the tour, the bearings will be extracted from the car and examined for wear at the "K" Trade Fair in Germany, 2015. igus also offers an interactive lifetime calculator for its plastic bearings available HERE. We'll be doing some more updates as the car continues its travels across North America! 



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