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This popped up a couple of times on the reprap forum.

Often people ask what bearings to use and i am surprised how often the recommendation is LM8UU for linear bearings.

While LM8UU are cheap (at least the low quality ones) and easy to source, they come with some drawbacks. Ballbearings like LM8UU are designed to withstand rather high loads, much higher loads than are usually encountered when building 3D printer. They are also comparably loud and bulky.

For me sinterbronce bearings are a much preferable alternative for most cases.

They are cheap, even the quality stuff, they are silent, small and very easy to use.

Here are a few images on how i use them for linear motion.

 

x carriage

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As you can see i only use the rather thick walled variation, they don’t deform easily, which makes it much easier to use them.

The images show the use for the X carriage of my Duo Cube printer as well as the use for Z. Depending on load and available space i either use zip ties or counter plates to mount the bearings.

The rendering shows the shape of the mount. It only holds the bearing in the middle and stops it from leaving the mount. Other than that it can rotate rather easily, which makes it super easy to align the bearings.

I have been using this type of mount in various prototypes over the last year and never had any problems, on the contrary, the precision fit is first class, even the small X carriage has no noticable give at all, but runs smooth and easy.