How to draw a simple 3D Gear or Cog using Illustrator

There are several ways to create a gear or cog illustration in vector. We found this method to be the simplest.

The amount of segments needed can be set at the beginning of the tutorial. Simply decrease in increase the amount of points when creating the star at the initial stage.

The angle and depth of 3D effect can be altered to suit using the 3D  settings from the main menu.

Techniques used:

  • Star shape tool
  • Circle shape tool
  • Pathfinder tools, (unite, intersect).
  • 3D Extrude
  • Round joins ¬†– stroke panel. (Used to round off the sharp points)