Carbon fibre linear guide is lightest in the world

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Igus has constructed its dryin W linear guide system entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to meet the growing demand for weight saving, whether in the aerospace, automotive or medical industry. The carbon drylin rail is claimed to feature additional advantages over metallic solutions by being stiffer and non-magnetic.

Available for travel lengths of up to 2m, igus claims the drylin W linear guide system is the lightest in the world. It is said to be up to 60% lighter than a traditional steel rail system, and 40% less compared with an aluminium rail. This light weight system enables designers to develop a more cost effective solution - especially in aerospace and motorsport applications where weight may constitute money, or where high dynamic movements are important, such as robots for manufacturing.

In addition, the drylin W rail is available as a completely metal-free belt drive system, which integrates plastic pulleys and igus’ xiros plastic ball bearings. Being completely free from metal, these linear guide systems can be used without restrictions within X-ray equipment.

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