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Light, resilient and wear-resistant – plain bearings for prostheses and ortheses

Prostheses and orthopaedic braces are intended to make life easier and increase personal mobility; the requirements they have to meet are correspondingly high. The material must withstand the considerable loads placed on it and not be so heavy that it makes the wearer tired. It must be capable of being used everywhere: during swimming in salt or chlorine water, in sand, at high and low temperatures. It must be ensured that creams and medical products cannot impair the functionality of the material or place undue stress on it. Bearings made of polymers from igus are made for precisely such applications and are ideal for constructions with demanding requirements.

Advantages of iglidur plain bearings:

  • No stick-slip effect
  • Shock-absorbing
  • Low coefficient of friction
  • Quiet operation
  • Resistant to impacts and edge loads
  • Media-resistant
  • Resistant to dirt
  • Lubrication-free

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

Free samples

See for yourself how to improve technology and reduce costs in sports equipment. Either order our free sample boxes for plain bearing and linear technology or submit a request for a part in your desired shape, quantity or material.

Application examples of our customers

Hip joint prosthesis with iglidur bearings by Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH

95% less wear in hip prosthesis

iglidur Z bearings ensure maintenance-free, extremely durable bearing points with excellent 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. Tests in the igus test laboratory have shown: iglidur material used for this purpose exhibits 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

High requirements placed on plain bearings in finger and hand prostheses. They must have a low coefficient of friction, require no additional lubrication, be usable for soft shafts and be vibration-dampening and resistant to chemicals. 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 used on the pistons, but they wear a lot faster and therefore have to be replaced more frequently.

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

All products are tested for wear and load capacity under real-life conditions in the igus test laboratory, the largest in the industry. The results are incorporated into our online tools for service life calculation and enable exact predictions of durability.

Upon request, igus performs customer tests to check product use under specific conditions.
More about the igus test laboratory

Further information

Dedicated brochure for prostheses & ortheses

Product brochure as PDF

Important information on our products and services for  prostheses & ortheses.
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igus online tools on the tablet

igus online tools

Configure desired product online, calculate service life, reduce process costs
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