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2 Trends Driving Growth In The Gear Cutting Industry

January 18, 2019

The gear cutting industry has experienced rapid growth due to recent innovations in gear manufacturing technology. These innovations have helped drive the market growth of gear cutters. While technology is growing in all areas, two of the major trends are described below:

3D Printing

The recent popularity of 3D printers has allowed the creation of gears using a digital file. 3D printing involves solidifying a material under computer control to create a three-dimensional object. Compared to the traditional methods of producing gears, this process can manufacture even the most complexly shaped gears. The only major drawback of 3D printing is the initial high cost of purchasing a 3D printer.


While this is definitely a high upfront cost, the efficiency of 3D printers makes them cost-effective in the long run. Using them offers great reduction in the cost of raw materials and capital costs. As 3D printers continue to develop, it is likely that this method of gear manufacturing will continue to grow.


The Growth in Automation

Consumers across industries are demanding high-quality products at a faster rate, prompting manufacturers to adopt automation in the processes. The gear cutting industry is no exception. Increased automation is found in communication protocols, software, and all aspects of gear manufacturing. Computer numerical control (CNC) machines are increasingly being adopted, since they can make precise and high-quality gears while reducing production time and human labor. Their use increases revenue, allows for better control of production losses, and improves resource allocation.

These two trends have had an enormous impact on the gear cutting industry. If you want to know more about the various types of gears and manufacturing technology, True Gear & Spline would love to help you out. We can provide you with the best gears to fit your manufacturing process needs. If you would like to learn more about our products, just give us a call.