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Linear axes with toothed belt drive

drylin linear axes with toothed belt drive are suitable for many positioning and adjustment tasks. The lubrication-free drylin W profile guide acts as a linear guide, and a toothed belt acts as a drive. The stroke is individually selectable. Thanks to the lightweight design that uses polymer and aluminium, igus linear axes with toothed belt drive have low inertia, making them highly efficient.

Both in confined installation spaces and in applications requiring high torque support, the series of linear units with toothed belt drive offers the right solution, both as a single system and in gantry designs. All drylin toothed belt axes can be ordered with ready-to-connect configurations with drylin E stepper and DC motors.

Toothed belt axis with compact type

Compact design

  • Undertakes many positioning tasks
  • Motor connection possible
  • Low-profile installation heights

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Reverse positioning with linear axes from igus

Reverse positioning: OD series

  • Fast right/left adjustment
  • Compact with a low-profile drylin W double rail
  • With angle flange

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Industry-specific toothed belt axes from igus

Industry-specific range

  • For applications up to -30°C (LT)
  • For underwater use (UW)
  • For splash water contact (SW)

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Modular axes with belt drive

Open modular system

  • Variable shaft span of 120/160/200mm
  • Lightweight with aluminium version
  • Corrosion-free stainless steel version

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Cantilever axis with toothed belt drive

Cantilever axis with toothed belt drive

  • Permanently installed drive unit
  • Max. axial load: 50N
  • Lightweight

Buy cantilever axis ZAW-1040
Electrical toothed belt axis

Toothed belt axes with motor

  • Defined stroke lengths (300/500/1000mm)
  • Maintenance-free operation without external lubrication
  • Quick assembly

Buy electrical toothed belt axis
Modular axes with belt drive

Low-profile linear axis ZLN-40

  • Low-profile design, 27mm height
  • Vertical load from 30N
  • With NEMA stepper motors and EC/BLDC direct current motors

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drylin® tandem toothed belt axis 1080

ZLWT tandem toothed belt axis

  • Compact tandem toothed belt axis with two toothed belts in one unit
  • Ready for connection with motor and control system
  • drylin® W exchange bearings

To the tandem toothed belt axis

drylin® E drive technology tools for online configuration

In just a few steps to the harnessed drive system

The drive technology online configurator gives you the right drive technology system after you enter your requirements. You also have the option of requesting or ordering motors and other accessories, such as the motor control system.

  • Fast and easy configuration
  • Optional accessories
  • Detailed parts list
  • Fast delivery

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Drive technology configurators

Easily configure an SHT lead screw linear system online

The SHT Designer enables you to configure a custom SHT lead screw linear system in just a few steps. You can also configure a custom drive pin (optional). A 3D model of the linear system is created automatically.

  • The linear system can be exported in many different 2D and 3D formats
  • 2D dimensional drawing of the assembly (PDF)
  • Complete parts list available as PDF download
  • And many more

Configure an SHT linear module now

100% lubrication-free

100% lubrication-free

Quiet operation

Quiet operation

Slim design

Slim design

Underwater use with UW belt

Underwater use with UW belt

Specifically for continuous operation

Specifically for continuous operation


cost-effective linear axes

Advantages and disadvantages of the toothed belt drive


  • Elastic force transmission
  • Shock absorbing and quiet running
  • Large shaft distances conceivable
  • Lubrication-free
  • Minimum maintenance


  • Limited application temperature
  • Bearing is additionally loaded by belt tension
  • Belt elongation leads to slippage
  • Inaccurate gear ratio

Find out more about linear modules with toothed belt drive



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