Explore our selection of high-quality slide bearings for 3D printers and CNC machines. Easily install slide bearings for accurate and consistent machine performance!
A slide bushing is a mechanical element responsible for smooth movement where sliding friction occurs. Having a slide bearing in place will provide smooth movability to a shaft of a 3D printer or CNC machine. This significantly decreases the level of friction and vibrations between two mechanical parts. Reducing the friction will mean less abrasive contact and therefore decreased wear. Using a bushing will also mean less noise and vibrations caused by the machine.
There is a range of different slide bushing available each with its own specialties. The majority of slide bearings are known for handling heavy loads at slow speeds. However, there are also slide bearings that are designed for a range of different speeds and load combinations. The material used for slide bushings is usually lightweight yet sturdy so that there is no added weight and swift motion is guaranteed. Reducing friction means less abrasion between a 3D printer’s mechanical components which in turn will ensure durability. Furthermore, minimizing abrasion and friction will mean you will need to replace your parts less, and this is why bushings are extremely cost-effective.
Slide bushings are relatively easy to store and can be stored for a long period of time, as long as they are correctly stored. We recommend that you keep your bushings in the original packaging and only open it when it is time for mounting. Do take into account that many slide bearings are self-lubricating and extra greasing can hinder the performance.
Slide bearings can be secured onto the shaft of your machine using mounts. Consider how heavy the load is that must be supported and choose a dimension that will ensure the utmost functionality. The bushings in our collection are self-lubricating, thanks to their premium design.
There are many reasons to choose slide bushings over linear bearings. Slide bushings are the best for very large loads that require low friction. They are the ultimate choice for smooth motion and can handle shock absorption extremely well. As bushings do not require to be greased, they do not need as much care and maintenance in comparison to linear bearings. Furthermore, using slide bushings will avoid any chance of grooves being marked into a bar or frame thus improving durability over time. The overall design of a slide bushing is very compact and can be easily installed, saving space on your machine. Slide bushings do however require more force and energy than ball bearings.
Discover our collection of bushings available with different inner and outer diameter sizes as well as in different lengths. Choose the slider bushing that will suit your CNC machine or 3D printer best. We offer slide bearings that do not require greasing, are easy to mount and maintain!
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