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Your special bearing made of high performance plastic with the desired shape, quantity and made of the most suitable material

"Show me the plastic part that gives you a problem. I'll provide you with a solution!" It was on the basis of this idea that Günter Blase established igus® more than 50 years ago and it still holds true today: customer-specific series-produced solutions are just as much part of our daily work as standard parts.  We have many different ways of manufacturing the exact parts you need. We will be happy to advise you on the technically and economically most efficient manufacturing method and recommend the perfect high-performance polymer materials for your individual case.

Your individual plastic plain bearing from igus®:

Submit an enquiry now and exploit the infinite possibilities

  • Made to the highest quality standards
  • From the  to series production
  • Batch sizes and blanket orders according to your needs
  • The manufacture of FDA-compliant parts is part of our everyday work
  • Desired shape, desired material, desired quantity
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Serial production with the plastic injection moulding method: efficient, flexible, scaleable

Your benefits: 

  • When there is a need for serially produced components, with quantities ranging from a few thousand to several million.
  • Maintenance-free, resistant to chemicals and temperature extremes … Our iglidur® materials consist of wear resistant high-performance polymers with unique properties. We select the perfect material for your application.
  • Injection moulds are made in our toolshop.
  • We work with you to create the manufacturing drawing.
Having components made with the injection moulding method

Injection moulding machines in the igus® factory  

Other manufacturing methods for your individual components and special bearings

Components are 3D-printed with the laser sintering method.  
3D-printed component

We print your individual component, using lubrication-free, abrasion-resistant iglidur® high-performance plastics.  Simply fill in the enquiry form, attach file - e.g. CAD, STEP - and then send. You will then be advised by our experts.
Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 1000

Turning a component made of iglidur® high-performance polymers  
Turned, milled or drilled component made from bar stock

Your individual components will be made of iglidur® bar stock, which consists of high-performance polymers. On the basis of your information and data files such as CAD or STEP, we will quote a price and, upon request, make the component. 
Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 500

3D-printed injection moulding tool with manufactured component inside it  
Make a component with a 3D-printed injection mould

In the 3D printer, we make injection moulds made of high-performance polymers for your individual component. This saves time and up to 80% of costs. Due to their properties, the mould materials are able to withstand the high temperatures of the injection moulding process. This means that up to 500 parts can be made from a single mould.
Best suited for quantities of: 1 to 500

Injection moulding tool made of aluminium with manufactured component inside it  
Injection moulding of components with aluminium tool

In the case of this method, individual components are made with aluminium tools. This procedure is very time-saving due to its lean manufacturing method – even in the case of very complex assemblies.  At the same time, the tooling costs are very low. Simply submit a 3D model and receive a quotation immediately.
Best suited for quantities of: 200 to 10,000

In two steps to your individual component

1. Request individual consultationOur experts will find the perfect solution for you! Simply describe the key requirements or special features of your application and attach e.g. a CAD file.2. OrderAfter our experts have looked at the details you have provided, we suggest a suitable iglidur® material and a suitable manufacturing method for your particular application. For serial production, samples and prototypes can be ordered.

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iglidur® plain bearings sample box  
Free sample box

The box contains samples as well as all the important information about individual components at a glance.

Versatile iglidur® materials  
Advantages of iglidur® materials

Each of our specially developed high-performance polymers possesses unique properties.

iglidur® online shop  
igus® online shop

Here you can find all standard parts as well as numerous iglidur® materials and their properties.  

Free igus® online tools  
Online tools

With the free online tools, you can calculate the service life of our products or configure them.  

Application examples of our customers

Manufactured with injection moulding: highest convenience and safety in knee joint prostheses

Only materials and components that can be relied upon are used for prostheses. Especially for leg prostheses, it is important that the user can trust his prosthesis when he is running and standing with it. Therefore, Otto Bock SE & Co. KGaA, the world market leader in technical orthopaedics, has been relying on iglidur plain bearings made of high-performance polymers for more than 20 years.  

Printed in 3D: maintenance-free gripper for the packaging industry

Fast availability at a low price and use under hygienic conditions were important prerequisites for this 3D-printed gripper. It is used to package cosmetic products and has the special advantage of working without additional lubrication, therefore fulfilling hygienic requirements.

Produced with injection moulding: bearings that compensate tolerances, in heavy-duty agricultural equipment construction

In the case of the agricultural machine construction industry, hay rakes are subjected to continuous stress in rough conditions. No problem for igus® special parts, however: not only are they particularly wear-resistant, they are also maintenance-free and reduce assembly costs.

Made of bar stock: individual iglidur® component for melting probe

The "IceMole" is a melting probe, with which the polar regions, glaciers and as a long-term objective extraterrestrial regions are to be explored. For storing the ice screw, a component was needed that is water- and dirt-resistant and  thermally insulated. Therefore, a bearing is used that was made of iglidur® A180 bar stock.

Printed in 3D: customised plain bearing ready for collection within hours

What do you do when an important replacement part for an exhibit suddenly goes missing on the way to the trade fair? The response of the Berlin-based company Blackcam, a manufacturer of camera motion systems, is to turn to the igus 3D printing service.

Made of bar stock: special bearings for highest precision in ophthalmology

iglidur® bar stock is used to manufacture a microscope arm for eye examinations. The reason: it can be machined to produce customised plain bearings down to sizes measured in μm to ensure the necessary precision for examinations.

Plastic gears printed in 3D for charging system for electric cars

Easelink, a company from Graz, has developed "Matrix Charging", a charging system consisting of two components. A charging pad connected to the mains is installed in the car park. A connector on the bottom of the e-car drops down when parked over the pad. The charging process starts automatically, without the driver having to connect a cable. Use the igus® 3D printing service to make sure the development of prototypes remains cost-effective while ensuring high quality.

Custom-made component made using the igus® 3D print service

Inspired by the Formula 1, the student teams of the "Formula Student Germany" construction competition compete with each other. For constructing their racing cars, the Formula Student Team from Weingarten near Ravensburg needed customised plastic pinions, among other things. With the 3D print service by igus®, these components were not only produced quickly, but also made of wear-resistant iglidur® material.

Machined from bar stocks: durable and wear-resistant plain bearings for finger prosthesis

This prosthesis is an electrically powered finger. The joint at the base of the finger is moved directly via a gear motor, which carries along the middle joint via a flexible connection. All axes involved in this movement are mounted through plastic sockets made of the material iglidur® J. Altogether, 8 bearings are integrated in one finger.

Made of bar stocks: components made of iglidur® reduce maintenance costs

In a tyre soaping station, metal bearings were used up to now, which regularly led to a breakdown of the system. Now, these bearings have been replaced with plastic bearings from igus® bar stocks. This saves costs of several thousand Euro per year.