PLA Cube Gears v2

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PLA Cube Gears v2 by whpthomas Aug 13, 2013
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This has been created with my new PLA gear kit, which includes parametric PLA compatible pin connectors. With this new OpenSCAD kit, the gear centre and pins remain the same, its only the outer shells that change. It will allow the creation of all sorts of gear object mashups.


If you have a Replicator 1/2/2X all you need to download and print is the centre_plate, pin_plate and full_plate. They already have helper tabs, so they are ready to slice. I kept the center and pins separate so you can print them in a different colour, which I personally think looks better =)

If you have a smaller printer you can print the small_plate and plate2 four times, instead of the full_plate.

The blue cube gear I printed above used 25% infill, and 3 shells (2 extra shells in ReplicatorG) at a 200 micron layer height with the skin module enabled.

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I like the rounded edges, they give it a much cleaner look. Also, I don't have problems turning the mechanism but then I mostly print with ABS and it's much easier to clean up. Better still, printing this using some of the new wood filaments is superb as it's very easy to clean up any flashings and therefore you get a really slick movement, especially with a tiny squirt of PTFE lube in each hole as you assemble it. I've recently been experimenting with some of the carbon filaments and the results are awesome and this would be just brilliant printed with that, or even T Glase.

I've made dozens of these. It's my favourite 3D printed doodad.

While beautiful, I've found that the rounded edges make it kind of difficult to move the gears. I've made 5 of these so far and all of them have the same problem.

I haven't printed these yet but this seems like it will become a problem. Can you make a version with sharper corners.