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Linear Bearings Introduction

Linear bearings are used primarily where something needs to be moved along a straight line with high accuracy. In other words, the object needs to only translate in one direction, and possibly move back to its starting position with high repeatability.

The implications for robotic pick-and-place are obvious, as are uses for optical test fixturing and calibration. The robotic uses of linear bearings have opened up a huge market for the devices in recent years. There is a plethora of manufacturers of the devices, so much so that standardization is sometimes a problem. The three primary types of linear bearings are ball, crossed-roller, and slide bushing.


Common Linear Bearings
Essentials of Manufacturing

Information, coverage of important developments and expert commentary in manufacturing.

3D Scanners

A white paper to assist in the evaluation of 3D scanning hardware solutions.

Metal 3D Printing Design Guide

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) 3D printing for parts with reduced cost and little waste.

Injection Molding Design Guide

Guide for high quality and cost-effective plastic injection molding.