If you are into developing complex mechanical systems, then you already know that it can be quite a challenge to design working gear sets. Maybe you were lucky to receive an introduction to gears through a Lego set, or maybe you were fortunate to be able to tinker around a mechanically-minded family member who already knew a thing or two about them. Believe me: when it comes to designing gear sets, any kind of exposure is helpful. Here, 3d cubic gives the concept of using 3D printing to prototype gear sets a big boost. Prototyping is extremely important in gear design because if gear systems don’t work together and turn accurately, it will throw your mechanical system off.
Gears are often an intrinsic part of mechanical objects. And no matter how you spin the issue, we know several things: they must be strong, durable, and capable of withstanding significant, repetitive motion. we do see gears crop up fairly often in 3D printing projects, and I always admire the ingenuity of their varying designs.
If you take a poll from a crowd of people who might have just a passing knowledge of what 3D printing is in general, and ask them what they think of 3D printed gears as opposed to those made traditionally, you will most likely get a quizzical look