Plastic plain bearings are used in all three applications and all were chosen as winning applications at the last manus award, which motion plastics specialist igus promotes every two years.
The jury’s biggest challenge at the last edition of the manus award two years ago was selecting three winners out of 541 entries from 35 countries. In addition to the three winners – an exoskeleton to facilitate assembly work, a manipulator arm that can be used underwater up to a depth of 500 metres, and an ejection mechanism for a research object in space – there were many other exciting applications with plastic plain bearings; from 3D-printers and sports equipment to art sculptures.
“This selection of different applications alone illustrates the versatile application potentials of plastic plain bearings,” says Tobias Vogel, Vice President and Head of iglidur plain bearings & drylin linear technology, igus GmbH. He succeeds Gerhard Baus as a new member of the jury.
Now, the starting signal has been given for the application phase for the 2019 manus award. The manus award comes with prizes of up to 5,000 euros. Users must submit their entries no later than February 22, 2019 and present the design with a brief write-up as well as photos and videos to the jury. It does not matter whether it is series applications for the industry or just a single piece – the only condition is that there must be at least one built prototype of the presented application available. The winners will be selected by an expert jury composed of members from the fields of science, research and specialist media and will be awarded at the 2019 Hannover Messe.