Gears in Sketchup
February 23, 2012
In robotics, you usually want more torque or speed out of your motors. You can achieve this by using gears.
But how can you get them?
You could carve them out from wood or plastics, or use a 3D printer.
On my current robot, I would need 4 equally big gears. So I'll show you how to design them.
- Google Sketchup (http://tiny.cc/gjgpi)
- Involute Gears (http://tiny.cc/l73ph)
Download and copy it to your sketchup plugin directory.
Drawing the gear.
Once, you have copied the plugin and restarted Skechup (Template == product design and woodworking - millimeters
(Sorry Americans)),go to the Draw window, and select Involute Gear.
You probably get, how do set the gear. If you want to be more specific, chose Key Involute Gear.
I'll get some pressure angels here, so you'll know, how they look.
14,5° 20°: 25°:
And here are all three, if they seem look a-like: My gear (the gear doesn't need to be 3D):
Printing the gear:
(Use Parallel Projection (not perspective) and the top view)
(Fit to page and Use model extents are unchecked! Set the scale 1:1)