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3D printer construction: Self-lubricating and maintenance-free products for 3D printers

Components or ready-to-install system solutions – suitable for all installation areas

Self-lubricating and maintenance-free technologies and components from igus® are already playing a central role in most assembly kits and blueprints for 3D printers. Tribologically optimized high-performance plastics ensure better 3D printing and lower the costs. With its modular motion plastics® system, igus® enables maximum design freedom for individual applications in the area of 3D printing: drylin® linear bearings are almost noiseless as no metal bearings are used and dryspin® lead screw nuts ensure efficient and precise adjustment of the print bed. In addition, energy supply chains from igus® increase machine operating times, as a result of which corkscrews and general cable failures are a thing of the past. Extremely constricted installation spaces, very small bend radii, short assembly times – Profit from our wide range of products with no minimum order quantity.

Your advantages at a glance:


Silent operation and smooth sliding

Resistance to dirt

Long service life


A wide array of variants and material types


Especially suitable products for use in 3D printers

Look here to see how igus® products can improve your 3D printer application.

Application examples of our customers

Canal house

Varied and practical

3D printing and house construction? Do they go together? The example of the Netherlands "Europe Building" in Amsterdam's marine quarter shows that it works. drylin® E gantry robots and the engineering expertise of igus® made it possible.

EVO-tech GmbH

Low-noise, self-lubricating and maintenance-free

This 3D printer from EVO-tech GmbH uses a ready-to-install system solution from the motion plastics® specialist igus®. In addition to drylin® linear technology, e-chains® and chainflex® cables are used.

Cobot 3D printer

Cost-effective and high-quality

The 3D printer from Cobot stands out due to its innovative design as well as its large installation space. Inside the printer, drylin® linear technology from igus® ensures completely self-lubricating and maintenance-free operation.

3D printer from Kühling&Kühling

Cost-effective with outstanding running performance

Kühling&Kühling GbR was looking for special products for a 3D printer that were to offer freedom from lubrication, outstanding robustness and good temperature resistance. The drylin® range of products make it possible.

Tested for abrasion resistance of the laser sintering material and wear resistance of the Tribo-Filament.

For prototypes or small series, extremely abrasion-resistant and wear-resistant Tribo plastics for additive production with the laser-sintering (SLS) method or with the help of filaments (FDM/FFF) make it possible to directly use the printed bearing or test the functioning of the printed bearing reliably and conclusively. In our own igus® test laboratory, the Tribo-optimized materials are tested for resistance to wear and abrasion and compared with conventional materials.

Laser sintering test

Test: Abrasion resistance of the laser sintering material

Tribo-Filament test

Test: Wear resistance of the Tribo-Filament

Further information

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Application Assistance

For further questions or product information, please contact:

Preston Souza

Dry-tech Product Specialist


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