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iglidur I180 sliding plates in floating mowing machines

Costs for wear-resistant parts reduced fifteenfold when they are 3D printed from high-performance polymers

  • What was needed?: sliders for mowing machine cutting blade
  • Manufacturing procedure: 3D printing with tribo-filaments
  • Requirements: wear and temperature-resistant
  • Material: iglidur I180
  • Industry: agricultural machine construction
  • Customer success: one-fifteenth the cost of sliders made of metal; fast delivery for frequently required replacement parts
Mass Portal, a Riga-based company, manufactures innovative 3D printed solutions for various areas of application. This project involved the search for a solution to reduce maintenance costs of floating mowing machines. Mowing machines clear lake shores of fast-growing grasses so that they can be used for swimming and water sport.  

3D printing with wear-resistant polymers

Floating mowing machines


The cutting blades on the bow of the floating mowing machine are tensioned and guided with special metal sliders. Because the machines are constantly used in wet environments with a great deal of dirt and sand, the metallic sliders that have been used so far wear quickly and must be replaced up to three times each season. This necessitates greater maintenance effort, and replacement parts cost about $180.


Sliders that are 3D printed with iglidur I180 ensure the necessary robustness and lubrication-free running, even in wet environments and given intensive use of the bow cutters. The sliders can be manufactured quickly with a 3D printer so that replacement parts for individual customers can be delivered in just a few days.

3D printed polymer sliders

The iglidur I180 filament is up to 50 times as abrasion-resistant as conventional 3D printing materials. The incorporated solid lubricants mean that components manufactured from iglidur I180 need no additional lubrication. The abrasion resistance and the optimum sliding properties enable components made of this 3D printing plastic to achieve an especially long service life and give them great versatility in use. The filament can be processed on any 3D printer that has a heated print bed and adjustable temperature.


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