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Wear-resistant and clean bearing solutions for prostheses and orthoses

Clean and maintenance-free use are only two properties which support using iglidur bearings in prostheses and orthoses. Furthermore, the bearings are extremely wear-resistant. Users describe the movement with the bearings as particularly fluent and stable at the same time.

Advantages of the iglidur material at a glance

Lubrication-free and maintenance-free


Robust, even in the case of thin walls

Resistant to impacts and edge loads

Media-resistant, e.g. to pool or salt water, personal care products

No stick-slip effect

Resistant to dirt

Quiet operation


Low coefficient of friction

New from April 2020

Up to 50 times longer service life

Plain bearings with felt seals for heavy dirt

▲ Tech up

Clean bearings even with dirt and dust

Ready-to-install solution

▼ Cost down

Cost-effective and maintenance-free

Higher running performance

More information about SG03 plain bearings

iglidur E plain bearings

Long-lasting on aluminium shafts

▲ Tech up

Extremely wear-resistant material for continuous operation

Very low coefficient of friction

▼ Cost down

Cost-effective and maintenance-free

Higher running performance than iglidur J

More information about iglidur E plain bearings
Coating material iglidur IC-05

High-performance polymers for spraying on

▲ Tech up


FDA and EU10/2011-compliant

▼ Cost down

Simple coating and protection of metallic surfaces in particularly small installation spaces

More information about iglidur IC-05
TriboCut service on the screen

CNC processing service for bar stock

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Configure components, carry out the necessary calculations
and order them, all with just a few clicks of the mouse

▼ Cost down

Saves unnecessary waiting times and costs

Decisions can be made quickly

More information about TriboCut service

Products often used with prostheses and orthoses

iglidur W300 plain bearings

iglidur W300

For a long service life during continuous operation

Low coefficient of friction, extremely high abrasion resistance

Suitable for rugged and stainless steel shafts


iglidur bar stock

iglidur bar stock

iglidur materials as round bars, tubes and plates

Currently 25 iglidur materials to choose from

Cut to required size without offcut removal

Machining with no minimum order quantity

Various special bearings customised by igus to your specific requirements

Individual component

In required design and material, no minimum order quantity

Rapid production

Suitable for prototypes as well as small and high volume production

Large selection of high-performance materials

Request a sample box containing plain bearings free of charge

See for yourself the quality of our plain bearings. The iglidur improves sample box contains:

  • 39 iglidur plain bearings of the most important iglidur materials 
  • Templates for finding the perfect material for your application
  • iglidur bearing technology catalogue with information about our plain bearings

Order free sample box now!

Application examples of our customers

Hip joint prosthesis with iglidur bearings by Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH

95% less wear

Four iglidur Z bearings guarantee maintenance-free, extremely durable bearing locations with superb dampening on the main axes of this hip prosthesis. The resulting forces occurring in the prosthesis during oscillating movement are reliably transmitted by the bearings without any noticeable increase in play. Experiments in the igus test laboratory have revealed that iglidur material shows 95% less wear than PA66 and PTFE.

Fingers of a hand prosthesis with iglidur bearings by Vincent Systems GmbH

Delicate movements with electric hand prosthesis

Vincent Systems GmbH has high demands concerning bearings for their finger and hand prostheses. And rightly so. They must have low coefficient of friction, require no additional lubrication, be suitable for soft shafts and vibration dampening and be chemical resistant. At the same time, they should enable a functional and aesthetic design. All axes involved in the movement were therefore equipped with iglidur J bearings.

Knee joint prosthesis with iglidur piston rings by Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH

Fast assembly and long service life

This joint prosthesis has been equipped with iglidur J piston rings, which can be clipped to the piston due to their opening and flexible material. This makes the installation very easy and decreases assembly time. Previously, PTFE guide bands were inserted into the piston, which wear a lot faster compared to iglidur piston rings and therefore had to be exchanged more frequently.

Leg prosthesis with iglidur bearings by Blatchford Products

Smooth movements with high stability

iglidur bearings guarantee the necessary comfort during impacts due to their cushioning properties. This holds true for the case of this leg prosthesis by Blatchford, where metal bearings with Teflon coating were replaced by iglidur Z bearings. In addition to cushioning impacts, bearings by igus also convince when used with high edge loads and shear forces. Prosthesis wearers describe the movement as particularly fluent and at the same time very stable.

Tested in the igus® laboratory with regard to service life and wear

More information

Brochure prostheses, orthoses

Brochure: bearing solutions for prostheses & orthoses

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Antimagnetic, hygienic, lubrication-free.

Sports, fitness & rehab

Light, low noise and lubrication-free adjustment.


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