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Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material

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a.saji
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Re: IGUS 3-D PRINTABLE BEARING MATERIALS
a.saji   6/24/2014 1:19:55 AM
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@Ann: Indeed data security is something which needs to be looked at very seriously. I think when budgeting they should seriously look into data protection and invest on it additionally because data is the business

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Re: IGUS 3-D PRINTABLE BEARING MATERIALS
Ann R. Thryft   6/23/2014 5:35:19 PM
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Thanks for the tribology history, bobjengr, and the perspective on this subject. The data on losses due to friction and wear is an eye-opener.



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bobjengr   6/23/2014 4:38:29 PM
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Thank you Ann for the update.  Excellent post.  I think everyone needs to understand what a great service Igus has accomplished with this material.  Last year I wrote a course called Engineering Tribology and published that course through PDHonline.org.  This company provides courses for PEs to obtain CEU credits.   The following quote was taken from that course and comes from "Tribology-How a Word Was Coined 40 Years Ago":

"According to some estimates, losses resulting from friction and wear amount to approximately six percent (6%) of the GNP (Gross National Product) in the United States alone.  This amounts to approximately $200 million per year, which is considered to be a very small estimate.  It has been estimated also that one-third of the world's energy resources appear as friction in one form or another.  According to Dr. Peter Jost, the United Kingdom could save approximately £ 500 million per year by employing better tricological practices. "

The ability to save equipment, maintenance costs and down-time due to excessive wear, normal or otherwise, is a BIG deal.  Its money in the bank if a company can do it. In developing this 3-D printable material, Igus has accomplished two very important things:

1.) Quicker manufacturing of bearings, as additive manufacturing processes can do

2.) Lubricant-infused material to lessen friction

Both can lessen costs to manufacturing concerns.  Again, great post. 

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Ann R. Thryft   6/20/2014 12:56:31 PM
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Thanks for the enthusiasm, Greg. I think it will be interesting to see what custom designs people come up with.



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Greg M. Jung   6/20/2014 9:47:54 AM
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Very nice move by Igus to create a material that can be used in 3D printers.  Instead of assembling additional bearings into the 3D printed part, the entire part itself can now be printed in the bearing material.  Unique, curstomized plastic bearing shapes can also be quickly and easily printed on-demand.

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