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Wear-resistant 3D printed gears

Switch to plastic gears now:

up to 80% more wear-resistant than conventional plastics

Plastic gears are becoming more common with developments in technology. People are accepting that plastic can be as good, if not better than metal so gears are now a growing area. 
If you want to ensure no downtime, you can calculate the gear service life using our calculator
3D printed gears means a faster manufacturing time, parts can be ready to ship from just 3 days time. 
And with no minimum order quantity, you can order 1 or 1000! 

Would you like more information about 3D printed gears at igus®? Our experts will be happy to get in touch with you.
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Next steps

Gear CAD configurator

Gear CAD configurator No CAD model at hand? With our gear configurator, you can create a gear model with individual dimensions in less than 60 seconds.
Configure gear CAD

Free plastic gear sample

gear sample
Still not convinced? See for yourself: we will gladly send you a free gear sample.

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Gear service life calculator

gear service life calculator How long does a 3D printed gear last? Enter the parameters of the application and calculate the predicted service life with just a few clicks.
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Types of gears

With the igus® 3D printing service, every type of wear-resistant and self-lubricating gear drive can be produced quickly and independently of mechanical tools. In addition to conventional models such as spur gears, worm wheels and bevel gears, the laser sintering procedure with iglidur® materials works very well for elliptical gears, crown gears, racks, worm gears and much more.  

Spur gear

spur gear Recommended material: iglidur® I3
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Configure your spur gear

Worm wheel

3d printed worm wheel Recommended material: iglidur® I6
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Configure your worm wheel

Bevel gear

3d printed bevel gear Recommended material: iglidur® I3
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Configure your bevel gear

Very high efficiency for 3D printed gears made of high-performance polymer

Planetary gearbox efficiency testing showed that gears laser sintered from iglidur® I3 had efficiency in dry operation comparable to that of oil-lubricated metallic planetary gearboxes.
How can that be? The solid lubricants contained in iglidur® polymers greatly reduce the coefficient of friction so that dry-operating 3D printed iglidur® gears achieve an efficiency that is only slightly lower than that of lubricated metal gears. Integrated lubrication greatly reduces maintenance effort.
Test procedure: the gearboxes are tested on a dynamometer. The gearbox is driven by a stepper motor and an electromagnetic brake. Measuring systems in the power train continuously measure the angular position at the gearbox input and output. This allows us to gather efficiency, torque fluctuation, and backlash performance data in practical torque and speed ranges.

Customer application examples

Plastic 3D printed gears in use

Frequently asked questions

Can you 3d print gears?

Absolutely! By 3D printing gears you can create intricate and customised shapes that meet specific requirements, just make sure the material used is suitable for the intended application.

How strong are 3D printed gears?

igus® ensure that 3D printed plastic parts are made to be more wear-resistant and durable, tried and tested to ensure they will last in your applications.

How to design gears for 3D printing?

It’s simple, you can create a gear model with individual dimensions in less than 60 seconds using our gear CAD configurator!

More FAQ's here

More information on 3d printed gears

3D printing service design guide

Design guide for components manufactured via the 3D printing service, including practical tips that help extend service life.

Guidelines for 3D printed gears

In these guidelines, you can find out everything about the three most common mistakes made when printing gears in 3D, and how to avoid them.


I would be happy to answer your questions

Dean Aylott

drytech® sales manager

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