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

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

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free technologies and components from igus are already playing a central role in most assembly kits and blueprints for 3D printers. Tribologically optimised high-performance polymers ensure enhanced 3D printing technology and lower costs. With its modular motion plastics system, igus enables maximum design freedom for individual applications in the area of 3D printing: drylin linear plain 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 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.

Simply order 3D printed components online

You do not require components for constructing a 3D printer, but instead are looking for wear-resistant parts for prototypes or small series?
If so, benefit from the igus 3D printing service: simply order durable and maintenance-free components online.You can also find highlights such as a digital wall thickness analysis, coloured components printed in 3D and our print2mold service for injection moulded parts from tools printed in 3D, which lets you save up to 70% in time and 80% in costs.

Find out more about the igus 3D printing service here

New from April 2020

Save costs with thread systems

Lead screw technology with new pitches

▲ Tech up

Five new lead screws with pitches of 6.35x2.54 LH, 12.7x12.7, 16x10, 20x5

Up to 30% longer service life thanks to thread asymmetry

▼ Cost down

Cost-effective alternative to ball screws

More than 5,000 lead screw drive options available from stock

More information about the new dryspin thread sizes

drylin W econ rail profile

Clear anodised linear rail

▲ Tech up

Corrosion-free clear anodised surface finish

Consistent silver colour ideal for visible parts

▼ Cost down

15% more cost-effective than the hard anodised version

Saw cuttings to the millimetre

More information about drylin W econ rail profiles
iglidur I190 filament

New strong all-rounder filament

▲ Tech up

Excellent service life – 50 times the abrasion resistance of ABS

▼ Cost down

No minimum order quantity, no tool costs

More information about iglidur I190 filament
E2.1 e-chain

The new standard for medium loads

▲ Tech up

Up to 10dB(A) quieter than the previous E2/000 series

100% planning security thanks to notches on the crossbar

▼ Cost down

Simplified installation of the interior separation system

Ratio of weight to dimension improved

Find out more about the E2.1 e-chain series

Advantages of our products at a glance


Quiet 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


  • Extensive modular system
  • Easy assembly with maximum utilisation of installation space
  • Over 25 rail designs for maximum design freedom

Shaft guide

  • Compatible with standard ball bearings
  • Replaceable liners
  • Highly wear-resistant, robust and resistant to dirt

Lead screw technology

  • Lubrication- and maintenance-free
  • Low noise and low vibration
  • Media-resistant


  • Versatile use: good combination of high wear resistance, strength and temperature resistance
  • Good processing ability with an enclosed printer and igus® adhesive film

drylin R slide bearing

  • Linear bearings in Japan Standard
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Very quiet operation
  • Dry running
  • Robust and reliable
  • Secured by circlips


  • Easy installation
  • Minimal inner height (5mm)
  • Stable, lightweight for dynamic applications

Application examples of our customers

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-optimised 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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Printing industry

Insensitive to pressure dust and paper dust.

Vending machinery

Product solutions for vending machine technology: 100% lubrication-free; quiet, dependable with a long service life


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