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SlickStick™ Linear Actuators

Bishop-Wisecarver is excited to offer our newest version of the SlickStick linear actuator.  Our entry level actuator has been re-imagined and designed with the end user’s time and ease in mind.  Featuring an elegant and simplified single piece base extrusion that allows for both easy and flexible mounting as well as internal slots for cable routing, SlickStick can just as easily be used in a DIY home project as it can be used for a dusty packaging application. We don't want you to struggle with any of the typical challenges that come with buying an actuator anymore. SlickStick can be purchased with a motor and is equipped with an exciting and user-friendly motor mount that is capable of accepting either an NEMA 17  or an NEMA 23 motor. Aren't you ready for an out of the box,  plug and play actuated system?

Availability: Out of stock

Additional Information


SlickStick version S16 is still available and the product information is available HERE.


SlickStick SLKA Refined for Simplicity
  • Time saving linear actuator design
  • Out-of-the-box turn-key motion axis with stepper motor and driver packages 
  • Simple carriage preload adjustment to linear rail for customized feel                 
  • Faster and easier motion system assembly
  • Easy to repair and replace service parts   
  • Painless limit sensor position adjustments
  • Versatile mounting options
SlickStick Actuator
New Base Extrusion
  • Lower complexity single-piece design that eliminates expensive tube grinding
  • Easy and flexible mounting with T-slot feature on underside
  • More clearance for mounting fasteners with taller centerline
  • Lighter weight extrusion with internal voids for cable routing
Improved Carriage Design
  • Field adjustable preload to the linear tube with fewer adjustment screws        
  • Lower parts count with one sliding element liner, instead of four
  • Simplified travel sensor features with integrated sensor targets
  • Serviceable design with replaceable bearing liner and lead screw nut
SlickStick Carriage
Optimized Motor Mount
  • Reduced parts count and complexity with integrated motor mount design
  • Easy motor attachment with support for NEMA 17 or NEMA 23 motor frames
  • Integrated sensor mount for optional end of travel home sensor
  • Complete your project faster with motor ready mount
SlickStick Motor Mount
Lead Screw Drive Elements
  • Fully assembled and adjusted lead screw drive elements
  • Reduced screw whip due to tensioned lead screw design
  • High speed and long travel lengths with your choice of lead screw pitch
  • Serviceable and replaceable with low cost bearings                                        
SlickStick Lead Screw End
Travel Limit Sensors
  • Safe and crash-free operation with optional home and travel limit sensors
  • Fine-tune your travel stroke with adjustable position sensor mounts
  • Compact and low power non-contact sensor with LED visual indicators         
SlickStick Limit Sensors
Repair Kits for Service
  • Keep it running longer with easy to replace service parts
  • Lower cost to repair your existing actuator than to purchase a new one 
  • Save time and stress with readily available replacements                               
SlickStick Replacable Liner
Multi-Axis Gantry Attachment
  • Quickly and easily attach into multi-axis configurations
  • Low complexity assembly with simple gantry plates and hardware kits
  • Save design time and effort with pre-engineered motion solutions                
SlickStick Gantry Attachment

Product Numbering Scheme

SlickStick Product Numbering Scheme

Dimensional Drawing

SlickStick Dimensional Drawing

Load Capacity Ratings

SlickStick SLKA Load Capacity Chart


SlickStick version S16 is still available and the product information is available HERE.

Application Stories  

Where are SlickStick actuator products manufactured?

SlickStick actuators are produced at BWC headquarters near San Francisco, California, USA.

What materials are SlickStick actuators made from?

SlickStick is mostly aluminum in construction and made form 6061-T6 and 6063-T6 grades. The fastener hardware is all stainless steel including the lead screw and support bearings. The lead screw nut and sliding element linear bearings are made of plastic polymers.

Why is the carriage preload adjustment feature a benefit?

The ability to adjust the carriage preload is a benefit to end-users because it enables an application specific "feel" or "tune". The adjustment can be loose for less friction and lower wear rates, but a decrease in accuracy with additional carriage rock. A tighter adjustment will have more friction and higher wear rates, but improved accuracy and reduced carriage rock. Adjustments can be made periodically during the life of the actuator to compensate for wear in the bearing elements.

What fasteners are recommended for mounting SlickStick?

The base of the SlickStick has through hole and counter bore features to accommodate either 8-32 or M4 fasteners. Low head cap screws or button head cap screws in stainless steel are recommended.

How do I replace worn parts, or disassemble my SlickStick?

There is a guide for how to properly disassemble my SlickStick and install the replacement parts that come in the repair kit. Contact BWC application engineers for this documentation.

How can I determine if SlickStick will work for my application?

Contact BWC application engineers for free technical advice on your application.

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