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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Reduce weight by up to 40% compared to metallic angled ball and socket joints
Low assembly and disassembly forces
Cost-effective due to polymer injection moulded parts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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