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Dry-Running Plastics for Longer Life

Dry-running plastics from igus® are made from tribologically-optimized polymer blends. Tribology is an area of study that deals with the design, friction, wear and lubrication of interacting surfaces in relative motion. Our engineered polymer blends are comprised of base materials for wear resistance, reinforcing fibers for high forces, and solid lubricants that eliminate the need for external oil and grease. igus® engineers rigorously test our dry-running plastics inside our 41,000-square-foot lab at our headquarters in Cologne, Germany to ensure each material lasts longer and performs better than metal. In addition to being dry-running, our tribologically-optimized polymer blends are maintenance-free, lighter than metal, and resistant to dirt, dust and chemicals.

Our uniquely designed dry-running plastics are comprised of:

  • Base polymers primarily responsible for wear resistance, high loads, etc.
  • Reinforcing fibers that make our products ideal for high forces and edge loads
  • Solid lubricants blended into each material

Interested in configuring the service life of an iglide® bearing or bushing in your application? Use the service life calculator below.


Use the iglide® service life calculator

Always tested. Always proven. Always igus®.
Every year, igus® engineers conduct more than 5,000 tests under real-world conditions inside our 41,000-square-foot test lab to ensure each self-lubricating material lasts longer and performs better than metal components. They also develop more than 100 new plastic compounds and polymer blends every year. Watch the video or click the button below to learn more about our test lab.

Predictable service life
igus® engineers conduct more than 7,000 tests inside the igus® R&D center to analyze the tribological properties of our polymer blends. The test results are compiled into an extensive online database, which engineers can use to find suitable materials for their applications and discover how many hours those materials are expected to last.

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iglide® bearings and bushings

iglide bearings

iglide® self-lubricating bearings extend service life & reduce costs by up to 40%. They are maintenance-free, universally applicable and ressitance to a wide range of extreme conditions and chemicals.

Learn about iglide® bearings

drylin® linear bearings & slides

drylin® linear bearings & slides

drylin® linear technology is maintenance-free & low-cost. Unlike re-circulating rolling ball bearing guides, drylin® linear bearings & assemblies are self-lubricating and engineered to slide.

Learn more about drylin®

igubal® self-aligning bearings

dry-running spherical bearings igubal

igubal® self-aligning bearings are designed with our highly-engineered composite plastic materials, making them dry-running and resistant to dirt, dust, and chemicals and reducing over cost by up to 40% versus metal bearings.

Learn more about igubal®

iglide® wear-resistant gears

dry-running plastic gears

iglide® gears utilize our tribologically-optimized iglide® materials, enabling dry-running, maintenance-free operation. Bevel gears, spur gears and gear racks are all available, both from injection molding and 3D printing.

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The terms "igus", "Apiro", "chainflex", "CFRIP", "conprotect", "CTD", "drylin", "dry-tech", "dryspin", "easy chain", "e-chain", "e-chain systems", "e-ketten", "e-kettensysteme", "e-skin", "e-spool", "flizz", "ibow", "igear", "iglidur", "igubal", "kineKIT", "manus", "motion plastics", "pikchain", "plastics for longer life", "readychain", "readycable", "ReBeL", "speedigus", "triflex", "robolink", "xirodur", and "xiros" are legally protected trademarks of the igus® GmbH/ Cologne in the Federal Republic of Germany and where applicable in some foreign countries.

igus® GmbH points out that it does not sell any products of the companies Allen Bradley, B&R, Baumüller, Beckhoff, Lahr, Control Techniques, Danaher Motion, ELAU, FAGOR, FANUC, Festo, Heidenhain, Jetter, Lenze, LinMot, LTi DRiVES, Mitsibushi, NUM,Parker, Bosch Rexroth, SEW, Siemens, Stöber and all other drive manufacturers mention in this website. The products offered by igus® are those of igus® GmbH