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Modular drylin® drive technology

The drylin® drive technology provides lubrication-free linear axes that are driven either by a trapezoidal thread, high helix thread or toothed belt. From lightweight solid polymer units up to solid stainless steel solutions; igus® offers suitable solutions for customers individual application. In all systems, the stroke length is freely selectable and the optional drive provided by a hand wheel or motor.  At igus®, we optimise linear automation at the highest level with drive systems. The drive systems consist of maintenance-free components and are offered cost-effectively. They are characterised by a long service life, precision and high reliability. If you are you looking for a high-speed linear drive system, or a lubrication-free and efficient alternative for your drive system, take a look at our wide range of special drive solutions. The drylin® drive technology is also dirt-resistant, lightweight, quiet and suitable for almost all applications and industries from all over the world.
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Our linear axis as at a glance

Linear drive technology


Lead screw, toothed belt & rack axes

  • Advantages and disadvantages of different drives
  • System structures of the igus linear axes with drive
  • Solutions made of polymer and solid stainless steel
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Multi-axis systems


XY-tables, gantries and linear robots

  • Harnessed ready for use
  • Individually configurable through modular design
  • Manual or electrical
  • Maintenance-free
  • Ideal for pick and place 
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drylin® econ entry-level series


Efficient and ready-to-install

  • Cost-effective through production by injection moulding and Klareloxal
  • Alternative to self-made solutions
  • Guaranteed fast installation
  • Lightweight construction
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Benefits of drylin® drive technology

Lubrication and maintenance-free

Lubrication-free The drylin® drive technology uses plastic plain bearings made of high-performance polymers. The linear units do not require any external lubricants. Maintenance is not necessary, so that the associated costs are eliminated.



drylin® drive technology is based on the plain bearing principle instead of recirculating ball bearing systems. This results in much less noise and vibration. For you as the operator, the application with the linear unit is up to four times quieter. 



drylin® drive technology distinguishes itself from its metallic counterparts not only with its technical advantages, such as freedom from lubrication and maintenance, but also costs up to 30% less. The linear drives of the drylin® ECON series are particularly cost-effective.


Sustainability Our drive technology does not require a single drop of lubricating oil. This benefits not only our users, but also the environment. Our tribologically optimised materials also generate less abrasion, which means less energy is needed.


Temperature Are you looking for linear units that function reliably in either particularly warm or cold environments? The drylin® drive technology products can withstand almost all conditions. We also have the right linear units for you in our product portfolio for extreme temperatures from -30°C to +180°C. 

Customisable & ready to connect

Ready to connect icon The linear drives from igus® can be ordered with the desired stroke length and with a manual or electric drive. They are delivered ready for connection, which guarantees you significant time savings. Now configure a linear drive according to your needs.


Drive technology configurator

Individual linear drives according to your wishes

With the online configurator for drive technology, after entering your requirements, you will receive linear drives with lead screw, toothed belt or rack and pinion drive, which you can configure according to your needs. Motors, motor control systems and other accessories for your linear drives can also be ordered directly.
  • Fast and easy configuration
  • Optional accessories
  • Detailed parts list
  • Fast delivery* (ready to ship within 48 hours)
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* If you want things to go very quickly: You can also find preconfigured linear drives with and without electric motors in our drive technology online shop.

Application examples of drive technology

Frequently asked questions about drylin® drives

What is drive technology?

The term drive technology refers to the discipline that is generally concerned with technical systems for generating motion by transmission of force. The term "drive"refers to the supply of energy to machines to be driven and the control or circuit of their drive components.

How do I know which drive system is best for my application?

You can use the igus® drives configurator. This will help identify the ideal system based on the parameters you input. 

What makes igus® linear drives different to other alternatives?

As with all igus® products the linear drives are self lubricating, dirt-resistant and affordable.  

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Further information about drylin® drive technology

Free sample

Sample Order your free drylin® miniature linear module in a glasses case and get a feel for our products,
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Matching electric motors

Electric motors Find suitable stepper, DC and EC motors for electric drives in the electric motor online shop.
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Free white paper

Drive technology white paper Linear axis with toothed belt or lead screw drive? Find out when to use which drive elements.
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