Robust components made of tribopolymers
For use as a chain tensioner in the chain drive of the motor, the pinion must be very tough. Here, too, the iglidur® tribopolymers demonstrate their strengths compared to ordinary polymers. The high-performance plastics were developed by igus® specifically for dynamic applications in the industry. In this case, the iglidur® I6 was used, which is more resistant to wear than common plastics for laser sintering printing. The wear resistance of this material was tested in the in-house test laboratory. The experts tested a worm wheel with 5 Nm torque and 12 rpm. The gear wheel made of polyamide 12, a classic material for laser sintering printing, failed after just 521 cycles due to its high coefficient of friction. The iglidur® I6, on the other hand, showed only minor wear after one million cycles and was fully functional. "Such tests show us that we can rely on the material," says Göser. "The previously used ball bearings in the chain drive held barely more than 20 kilometres - which is unsatisfactory because our longest race is 22 kilometres long. We expect much more robustness from the 3D printed sprockets from igus® in the 2019 season." "