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3D-printed gears from igus®

Additive manufacturing for low-wear gears, spur gears, bevel gears, sprockets and worm wheels

Our 3D-printed gears are made of low-friction, maintenance-free, self-lubricating plastic printing materials that have been engineered to last up to 50 times longer than standard 3D-printing materials inside moving applications. We extensively test our iglide® polymers inside our 41,000ft.2 test laboratory to ensure every 3D-printed part offers exceptional wear resistance comparable to injection-molded components. All gear types can be customized to meet your requirements, including weight, tooth shape, and transmission ratio, and can be printed with a wall thickness of 0.5mm or more.


  • Gears, spur gears, bevel gears, worm wheels, sprockets and more made of durable iglide® materials
  • Shipped in 24 -72 hours
  • Individual gears - no minimum order quantity
  • Long service life thanks to optimized tooth shape in our gear configurator
  • Low-wear and friction-optimized iglide® materials to choose from
  • Service life and specifications comparable to iglide® injection-molded parts

Gears made of wear-resistant polymers

POM vs. iglide® I6: downtime at POM, iglide® I6 hardly any abrasive wear

Test parameters:

  • Torque: 4.9Nm
  • Speed: 12 [rpm]
  • Counter partner: hard anodized aluminum
  • Duration: 2 months
1. POM: 321,000 cycles: High wear
2. POM: 621,000 cycles: downtime
3. iglide® I6: 1 million cycles: low wear

Test result:  We tested a variety of 3D-printed and mechanically manufactured polymers in the worm gear test. No other polymer reached as long of a service life as our wear-resistant iglide® I6 material (in SLS 3D printing). Worm gears made of iglide® I6 are also used inside our robolink® robotic arm modular system.

Calculate service life of your gear

Our service life calculator allows you to optimize the size, number of teeth or teeth module of your gear to improve its durability.
Use the gear service life calculator
Service life calculator for 3D printed gears

Get your component made by the 3D printing service

3D printing service

Use our online gear shop to print gears, spur gears, bevel gears, sprockets and worm gears made of our low-friction, self-lubricating, maintenance-free iglide® polymers. iglide® lasts 50 times longer inside moving applications than standard 3D-printing materials.

Visit our 3D printing lab

We continuously test the tribological properties of our iglide® materials inside our 41,000-square-foot test lab.
3D printed gear made of iglidur polymer in tribology test

iglide® filaments and powders for the 3D printing of your component

Filament and laser-sintering powder made of iglide® polymers

  • Up to 50 times more abrasion resistant than standard material
  • Wear-resistant components for prototypes and small batches
  • Simple processing
  • Ideal for tribological applications
  • Self-lubricating and dirt resistant
Learn about our 3D printing materials

Discuss your project with a 3D Printing expert

Whether you're interested in turnkey, fully assembled solutions or looking to build your own customizable project, learn more about how igus® can assist you with a solution based on your specific application and requirements. Contact us via the form below or call us at (800) 521-2747 to discuss your project today!

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