Wear-resistant polymers: 3D-printed components in the tribology test lab

Wear test: linear long stroke

Long stroke linear tests
  • Surface pressure: 0.11 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.34 m/s
  • Stroke: 370 mm
  • Shaft materials: alu hc
  • Duration: 3 weeks
Wear test linear graph
Abrasive wear of linear sliding bushes after test

Wear test: linear short stroke

Wear test linear short stroke
  • Surface pressure: 1 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.3 m/s
  • Stroke: 5mm
  • Shaft materials: CF53 (left bar) and 304 SS (right bar)
  • Duration: 1 week
Wear test linear graph
Wear test linear short stroke
  • Surface pressure: 1 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.1 m/s
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Wear test: pivoting

Wear test swivelling
  • Surface pressure: 20 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.01 m/s
  • Pivoting angle: 60°
  • Shaft materials: 304 SS
  • Duration: 4 weeks
Wear test swivelling graph
Abrasive wear of plain bearings in the swivelling wear test
  • Surface pressure: 2 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.01 m/s
  • Pivoting angle 60°
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Wear test: pivoting heavy load

Swivelling heavy load wear test
  • Surface pressure: 10, 20 and 45MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.01m/s
  • Pivoting angle: 60°
  • Duration: 1 week
Swivelling heavy load wear test graph
Wear-resistant polymer in swivelling heavy load wear test

Wear test: pivoting under water

  • Surface pressure: 1 and 2MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.01m/s
  • Temperature: 23°C
  • Shaft material: 304 stainless steel
Wear test for 3D printed materials under water

Wear test: drive nut

Wear-resistant drive nut
  • Torque: 129Nm
  • Stroke: 370mm
  • Speed: 290 [rpm]
  • Duration: two weeks
Drive nut wear test graph
Wear-resistant drive nut

Friction test: rotating

Friction test rotating
  • Surface pressure: 1MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.1m/s
  • Shaft material: Cf53
Friction test rotating graph
Abrasive wear in the test: coefficient of friction rotating

Wear test: rotating

Wear test, rotating
  • Surface pressure: 20 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.01 m/s
  • Shaft material: 304 stainless steel
3D printed plain bearing in rotating wear testing
Abrasive wear in testing: rotating wear test
  • Surface pressure: 1 MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.3 m/s
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Wear test: rotating under water

  • Surface pressure: 1 and 2MPa
  • Surface speed: 0.3 m/s
  • Temperature: 23°C
  • Shaft material: 304 stainless steel
Wear test for 3D printed materials under water

Gear test: cycles until gear breakage

3D printed gear in testing
3D printed gear in service life testing

Gears made of wear-resistant polymer

  • Torque: 4.9Nm
  • Speed: 12 [rpm]
  • Counter partner: hard anodized aluminum
  • Duration: 2 months

Low abrasive friction due to tribology polymers from the 3D printer

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