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Wear-resistant and clean bearing solutions for prostheses and orthoses

Clean and maintenance-free use are only two properties that speak in favour of applying 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

No lubrication/greasing necessary and maintenance-free

Low wear

Robust, even in the case of thin walls

Resistant to impacts and edge loads

Quiet operation



Low coefficients of friction

No stick-slip effect

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

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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 show 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 coefficients of friction, require no additional lubrication, be suitable for soft shafts, vibration dampening and 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, however, and therefore had to be exchanged more frequently.

Leg prosthesis with iglidur® bearings by Batchford 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


Glimpse into the dry-tech® test laboratoryIn the industry's largest plastic test laboratory, iglidur® bearings are put to the acid test. Under practical conditions, the bearings are tested at different speeds and loads against different shaft materials. The results are entered into our tools to calculate service life and allow for precise predictions regarding their durability.


Products often used with prostheses and orthoses

iglidur® W300 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

Machined parts, no minimum order quantity

Various customised bearings made by igus® to your specific requirements  
Individual component

  • Production customised to provide the desired shape 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

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