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Food-safe 3D printing for abrasion- and wear-resistant parts

* For express orders, please contact us by phone. Orders by phone or online for overnight manufacture must be submitted before 11 a.m. Normal manufacturing time: 1 to 3 business days.

Order abrasion-resistant parts from the 3D printing service or print them yourself

Laser sintering with iglide I6

3D printing, SLS laser sintering, food-safe
  • Compliant with the food-specific regulations of EU 10/2011
  • Max. application temperature: +80°C
  • Extremely abrasion-resistant: e.g. at least 9 times more abrasion-resistant
    than PA12 (SLS) in rotation test
  • Best strength and surfaces of all igus food-safe 3D printing materials

iglide I150: the all-rounder filament

food-safe filament
  • Compliant with food-specific  regulations according to EU 10/2011
  • Can be processed on all regular 3D printers
  • The most frequently used tribo-filament® with very good mechanical properties (strength, resilience, layer adhesion)

Heat-resistant: iglide A350

3D printing, food-safe and heat-resistant, compliant with FDA regulations
  • Compliant with food-specific regulations according to EU 10/2011 and the FDA.
  • Temperature-resistant up to 180°C, fire-retardant according to UL94-V0
  • Suitable for steam sterilization
  • High-temperature 3D printer required

Laser sintering for compliance with food-specific regulations

The laser sintering material iglide i6 complies with the food-specific regulations of the FDA and of EU 10/2011 and can therefore be used in numerous applications in the food and beverage industry. Due to the SLS method, special parts, prototypes and volumes can be made in our 3D printing service in quantities from 1 to 10,000 in only 3 days. Out of all the 3D printing materials that are processed by igus and are compliant with food-specific regulations, iglide i6 is chosen the most frequently. This is due to the greater strength, better surface and lower component price.
The component materials of iglide i6 make this high-performance polymer not only especially hygienic but also especially capable of sliding. It is therefore often requested for applications in which an especially low degree of friction is required, for example worm wheels. The SLS powder can be purchased in our shop and processed with all regular laser sintering equipment.  
Food-safe 3D printing wear values compared with other methods Rotating wear: p = 1 MPa; v = 0.3m/s

Making food-safe components yourself

iglide I150 is the easiest to process tribo-filament® - it is suitable for all commercially available 3D printers and can  be processed just as easily as regular filaments such as PLA and PETG.  Thanks to compliance with EU 10/2011, iglide I150 is suitable for contact with food and is accordingly proving itself in applications in the food and packaging industry. The only restrictions are in the maximum permanent application temperature of 65°C and for highly dynamic applications. iglide I150 is also available on 8kg filament reels and is therefore suitable for the manufacture of large components in large-scale printers.  
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Heat-resistant and food-safe

The abrasion-resistant high-temperature tribo-filament® iglide A350 was specially developed for the food and packaging industry. The raw material is compliant with EU 10/2011 and FDA food-contact regulations and is blue all the way through for reasons of detectability. Printed parts made of iglide A350 are temperature-resistant up to 180°C, are flame-retardant in accordance with UL94-V0 and can also be sterilized with hot steam. Due to its high processing temperature of 340-360°C as well as a mandatory build chamber temperature of min. 160°C, a high-temperature 3D printer is required for processing. If no such a printer is available for use, wear-resistant parts made of iglide A350 can be manufactured quickly and cost-effectively in the igus 3D printing service .  
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Food-safe 3D printing: comparison of abrasion Rotating coefficient of friction, p= 1MPa, v= 0.3m/s Vertical axis: Coefficient of friction [-]

Further solutions for food contact

Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Preston Souza

Product Manager - Startups Business Units


Customer Service:

Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm



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