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Module, m this indicates the tooth size and is the number of mm of pitch circle diameter (p.c.d.) per tooth. For gears to mesh, their modules must be equal. Gear ISO standards and design methods are now normally based on the module. EG a gear of module 3 has 16 teeth, its pitch circle diameter is: 3 x 16 = 48 mm.

Source: Plymouth University. Gear Tooth Nomenclature.

I am curious as to which non-LEGO gears will mesh well with LEGO gears, but this is one of the more important numbers as far as figuring that out, yet I don't see the concrete number mentioned in any of the various LEGO gear descriptions/tutorials that show up when I search for it

To be very clear, all I am looking for is either single number, or an answer of "LEGO doesn't follow the mentioned Gear ISO standards".

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Quick answer: LEGO gear module is 1 (metric).

See Section 3.4 at this link: http://bdml.stanford.edu/Main/CrawlerNotes

The consensus seems to be the following:

  • Lego gears have a metric module of 1, which is the same as a pitch of 25.4 teeth per inch of diameter.
  • Pressure angle is likely to be about 20 degrees. (This is the most common angle with modern gearing.)
  • Face width is approximately 1/8 inch. Perhaps more precisely: b = 0.14 inches? - according to a measurement somebody took with calipers in 2011. But note that not all LEGO gears have the full face width. In particular, the crown gears (LEGO's version of bevel gears) do not have a full face width.

From http://orionrobots.co.uk/Lego+Specifications:

In the Lego system, technic gears have a ratio that the number of teeth are 8 times the diameter, or 16 times the radius in stud pitch. Conveniently - the number of studs, and Diameter in Millimeters seem to be the same. Note: one "stud" is 8mm. So: 16 tooth gear is 2 studs = 16mm => diametral pitch = 1mm.

Also, I have personally 3D printed custom gears with a pressure angle of 20 degrees and a module of 1, and these meshed perfectly with my other LEGO gears.

  • How did you know that my next question was going to be what the pressure angle is? – user2813274 Jul 23 '15 at 17:08

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