It’s been a while since the modeling technique with 3D printing has become generally known, and we often see bevel gear models made with it. We, as a bevel gear maker, have great interest in these bevel gear models, and we feel there are many applications in the future such as in prototype making for new products. Because currently the resin materials such as ABS is limited and the layering technique of resins and metals will have strength limitations, the applications of this technique for now are restricted to modeling (samples). However, based on past history, the speed of technical innovation is no doubt very rapid. Therefore, in the future, we may see bevel gears made of materials we presently use such as nylon (with its strength) and sintered bevel gear that are made with a 3D printer and actually used in light duty power transmission. The joining of a 3D printer and a 3D scanner and reading the dimensions of an object to create the duplicate of it by streolithography is already widespread, so that it may become possible, if a user’s bevel gear is broken and if it can be scanned, to create a replacement on the spot (even as a temporary fix).
In any case, we, bevel gear manufacturers, must not neglect the efforts to innovate traditional bevel gear manufacturing as well as catching up with new technology such as 3D printers.
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