A ball spline is a spline bearing with a rolling guide.
This is a revolutionary product that can also transmit torque while performing linear motion. The permissible load is greater than that of a linear bushing because balls roll in a groove on the shaft.
Structure and Features
The Ball Spline is an innovative linear motion system in which balls accommodated in the spline nut transmit torque while linearly moving on precision-ground raceways on the spline shaft.
Unlike the conventional structure, a single spline nut can provide a preload with THK’s Ball Spline. As a result, the Ball Spline demonstrates high performance in environments subject to vibrations and impact loads, locations where a high level of positioning accuracy is required or areas where high-speed kinetic performance is required.
In addition, even when used as an alternative to a linear bushing, the Ball Spline achieves a rated load more than 10 times greater than the linear bushing with the same shaft diameter, allowing it to compactly be designed and used in locations where an overhung load or a moment load is applied. Thus, the Ball Spline provides a high degree of safety factor and long service life.