Design custom gears with Gear Template Generator app

Quickly and easily make templates for custom gear systems.

Woodgears offers a handy app that automatically makes templates for gears that will properly mesh based on the size desired, number of teeth, etc. It is intended for wooden gears, but I suspect it will work for other materials as well. The catch is that the free online app only exports prints, not laser-cuttable files. For those so inclined, there are good instructions for making wooden gears using non-digital fabrication.

They also offer a more sophisticated version for $26 with a lot more features that will export DXF and Sketchup files (PC only).

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The print files can be exported as a PDF and then opened in AI to be converted into an EPS – laser cutter output issues solved!

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