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igus® plastic solutions for model making

Model making is not always some kind of hobby or handicraft. It offers model makers the possibility to express themselves in a creative way and show what they can do with their hands. Models such as ships, aircraft and vehicles are recreated on many scales using construction kits, demanding work that requires great attention to detail. Alongside design in terms of shape and colours, technology and electronics also play an important role. Whether put into motion by remote control (RC) or just as an ornamental model on a shelf – love of detail and precision makes model making so popular. The motion plastics manufacturer igus is setting new technological standards in this sector. Maintenance-free plain bearings, spherical bearings and linear guides offer many benefits especially for model making. The combination of a light weight with high mechanical strength are ideal for high-quality models.

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The benefits of our products at a glance:

  • Cost-effective
  • Maintenance-free
  • Lubrication-free
  • Lightweight
  • Insensitive to dust and dirt
  • Corrosion-free
  • Vibration-dampening
  • For heavy-duty applications

igus products in the construction of model cars  

Products used in model making

Smallest diameters, bend radii and micro versions in all product areas

iglidur plain bearings

iglidur plain bearings  

  • Lightweight and quiet
  • Resistant to dirt
  • Wide range of standard products and customised design

igubal spherical bearings

igubal spherical bearings  

  • Up to 40% more cost-effective than spherical bearings made of metal
  • 80% lighter than metal alternatives
  • Lubrication-free and therefore low-maintenance

Polymer slewing rings (PRT)

iglidur PRT slewing rings  

  • Lightweight
  • Split bearings for difficult installation situations
  • Suitable for high load applications

xiros ball bearings

xiros ball bearings  

  • Tough
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Predictable service life

drylin N low-profile linear guides

drylin N miniature guides  

  • Very lightweight
  • Low installation height 6mm-12mm
  • Numerous carriage options

E2 micro e-chains

E2 micro e-chain  

  • For the smallest of installation spaces
  • Stable, light and quiet
  • Perfect for highly dynamic applications

Selected applications of our customers

Remote controlled (RC) off-road vehicles

This application shows radio remote controlled scale 1:5 prototypes being used in an off-road situation. iglidur plain bearings replace metal bushes that quickly oxidise or corrode when exposed to dirt, mud and snow.

To the prototypes

Lubrication-free operation of a model railway is fun

This model of the Rhaetian Railway guarantees hours of fun thanks to iglidur plain bearings in the drive unit and on the wheel axles under the loco. That troublesome oiling of gears is no longer necessary.

To the model railway

Model aircraft deployed in remote sensing

The Institute of Space Systems (IRS) deploys an aircraft weighing 25kg in order to record and analyse weather data. High demands placed on weight led to xiros fixed flange bearings, the compensation for misalignment and the light weight they provide were convincing arguments.

To the mode aircraft

Pole position in model racing

igus is on board the fastest RC bike in model racing with a top speed of up to 110km/h. European Champion Clark Wohlert swears by iglidur plain bearings that allow clearance-free and low-friction movements.

To the RC bike

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