igus (East Providence, RI) has introduced plastic filament for 3D printers enhanced with low friction properties. The material is 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than conventional 3D printer materials, according to the company, and is suited for creating custom bearings. The filament was specifically developed for creating bearings for motion control applications. Access to 3D models of products in STL format is also available, and can be downloaded and used directly as input data for 3D printing.

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