One of my personal favorite prints that I have seen is the planetary gear set. With moving parts, meshing parts and precision a must, a planetary gear set is not only cool to look at and tinker with but really showcases the abilities of a 3D printer. Having said for awhile now I have wanted to print my own planetary gears, between pushing it off and having clients jobs printing I could never find the time until recently. Bellow is a picture of a planetary gear set that I printed, anyone can get the file on thingiverse. Eventually when I have more free time I am going to design and print my own my own gear set. That should be a fun project as well! In addition I really think it would be cool to manufacture a little planetary gear set with an electric motor on the back that is battery operated. It would make a great desk piece or coffee table piece!
3D Printing and Part Development