Vesconite has introduced Vesconite Hilube and Superlube 3D printer bushings as stock items.
Printer users can now replace bronze sleeve bushings or linear ball bearings with these high-wearing alternatives.
These are supplied in Vesconite Hilube (a low-friction polymer) or in Superlube (an ultra-low-friction polymer).
Initially, three of the most common 3D bushing sizes will be available, namely:
• LM8UU – 15mm (OD) x 8mm (ID) x 24mm (length);
• LM8LUU – 15mm (OD) x 8mm (ID) x 45mm (length); and
• LM12UU – 21mm (OD) x 12mm (ID) x 30mm (length).
“We chose these bushings, since these are the most common bushings used globally,” says marketing, sales and mechanical development engineer Juan van Wyk.
“However, we were cognisant of the fact that there are many different printer models on the market,” he adds, noting that, while Vesconite Hilube and Superlube are self-lubricating, the stock bearings are supplied with a dual radial internal groove design to allow for a grease reservoir if preferred.
While other sizes are not kept as stock items, custom bushings can quickly and easily be made with a choice of axial, radial or spiral internal grooves, as well as custom lengths and diameters to accommodate unique housings and shafts.