Gear hobbing is a common method of manufacturing high precision involute gears. The thorough knowledge of the developed cutting forces and the wear of the cutting tool are of great importance in order to produce helical and spur gears as they influence the cost of the manufacturing process and the quality of the produced gear. A novel simulation code called HOB3D was created in accordance with the above. This code can simulate the complex movements involved in gear hobbing with the best available accuracy, which is achieved by embedding the developed algorithm in a commercial computer aided design (CAD) environment. The simulation code calculates and exports the total cutting forces as well as the cutting forces in every cutting edge involved in the cutting process.