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Timing Belt Linear Actuator Datasheet

Timing belt actuator datasheet complete with all technical specifications and assembly instructions

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Belt-driven linear actuators are typically used for light to medium duty applications that require higher speeds and acceleration. Consisting of two concealed timing belt pulleys mounted at the ends of a Vention 45 x 90 mm extrusion, the assembly can accomodate any of Vention's Nema 34 stepper motors and comes in a variety of lengths.

Compatible Guides

The belt-driven linear actuator can drive a variety of gantries that are in turn supported by both Eccentric and Concentric V-shaped rollers (MO-LM-001-0027/0028) or linear bearings on shafts (MO-LM-014-XXXX). Both configurations can be seen below.

Exhibit 1. Belt-driven linear actuator shown with medium gantry and nylon V-shaped wheels Exhibit 2. Belt-driven linear actuator shown with medium gantry and linear bearings and shafts


There are several application for belt-driven linear actuators, including a UR10 7th Axis or a 3-Axis Palletizer.

Technical Specifications

Available Lengths

585mm to 1530mm in 45mm increments + 1980mm, 2295mm
Net displacement is equivalent to the extrusion length minus the gantry's longitudinal dimension

Displacement Ratio (mm/turn)


Linear Force / Torque Ratio (N/Nm)


Linear Force Capacity (N)


Repeatability (mm)

±0.25 (with roller wheels)
±0.025 (with linear bearings & shafts)

Back Drive Resistance


Motor Compatibility

NEMA 34, 14mm shaft

Sensor Compatibility

Compatible with all M18 sensors using the left or right end stops

The figure below demonstrates the linear force output in function of the linear speed of the belt-driven linear actuator. This was calculated using Vention's NEMA 34 stepper motors.

Exhibit 3. Force in function of linear speed using Vention NEMA 34 stepper motors

Observing the figure above, the force slowly decreases as the linear velocity increases, making the timing belt actuator ideal for lower force applications that require higher movement speeds.

Assembly Instructions

End Block

  1. Tap the end of the extrusion and mount the end block using 2 X M8 X 35mm screws.
  2. Insert the shaft through the 30mm ID bearing and insert the machine key into the shaft's keyway.
  3. While holding the pulley within the end block, slide the shaft through one side of the end block and into the pulley. Place the pulley against the shaft's shoulder and secure using the provided set screw.
  4. Insert the 25mm ID bearing on the other side of the end block, supporting the shaft.
  1. Secure the smaller side of the shaft to the bearing using a snap ring and snap ring pliers.
  2. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the second end block at the other extremety of the extrusion.
  3. Route the timing belt through the opening of the 45 x 90mm extrusion and around both installed pulleys, making sure the belt's teeth are facing inwards (not shown)
  4. Enclose the pulleys and appropriate bearings using the provided covers and M3 X 5mm screws


  1. To tension the timing belt, locate the two screw heads under the gantry and use a hex key to tighten both screws equally until desired belt tension is reached.

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