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Lightweight bearing technology without lubrication for drones and UAVs

Unmanned flights will affect our lives more and more. in the form of flying taxis and drones delivering packages. Low weight, all-weather use and long service life are among the stringent requirements of drone components. Our products made of high-performance polymers are ideal for such applications, since they require no additional lubrication and are quiet and corrosion-free. Many iglidur materials also fulfil the requirements of the FAR 25.853 fire protection standard.

Benefits of igus products:

  • Cost-effective
  • Save installation space and weight
  • Low noise and low vibration
  • Resistant to chemicals, dirt and corrosion
  • Fast delivery
  • Complete systems or individual components from batch size 1


Areas of use

Fixed-wing drone

Fixed-wing aircraft

Drones with rotors

Drones with rotors


Selected motion plastics for drones and UAVs

Various dryspin lead screws and lead screw nuts

Lead screw technology

  • Lubrication-free operation
  • Low coefficient of friction, predictable service life
  • Special designs for any application

Various igubal pillow block bearings

Pillow block bearings

  • For rotating, oscillating & linear movements
  • Great rigidity and durability with varying loads

Various igubal fixed flange bearings

Fixed flange bearings

  • Lubrication-free dry operation
  • Resistant to dirt and corrosion
  • Lightweight and suitable for small installation spaces

iglidur J350 plain bearings with or without flange

Plain bearing for rotary applications

  • For medium to high loads
  • Fulfils FAA fire protection requirements for equipment and fittings inside aircraft

drylin N pre-load prism slides

Pre-load prism slides

  • Prism geometry for great holding forces and defined displacement forces
  • Extremely lightweight and low-profile


Successfully in use

Pest-control drone

Pillow block and linear bearings in lightweight drone

This pest-control drone can extend a telescopic arm closely to the spot of infestation and, for example, spray pesticides there. A drylin linear guide and igubal bearings are used to move the arm and the articulated arm. The focus was on tough and light components.

Overview of aerospace applications

...and many further success stories

In this selection of more than 40 application examples, you can find out how our energy chains and bearing products are used in aviation and aerospace, where they fulfil different requirements. Here, it was necessary to overcome challenges such as high loads, extreme temperature differences, confined spaces or specifications requiring low weight.

Customer application examples


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