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This paper proposes a method for the manufacture of a replacement pinion for an existing, large-sized skew bevel gear using multi-axis control and multitasking machine tool.
In this article, the authors calculated the numerical coordinates on the tooth surfaces of spiral bevel gears and then modeled the tooth profiles using a 3-D CAD system. They then manufactured the large-sized spiral bevel gears based on a CAM process using multi-axis control and multi-tasking machine tooling. The real tooth surfaces were measured using a coordinate measuring machine and the tooth flank form errors were detected using the measured coordinates. Moreover, the gears were meshed with each other and the tooth contact patterns were investigated. As a result, the validity of this manufacturing method was confirmed.
The complete product news section from the June 2009 issue of Gear Technology.
Imagine the flexibility of having one machine capable of milling, turning, tapping and gear cutting with deburring included for hard and soft material. No, you’re not in gear fantasy land. The technology to manufacture gears on non gear-dedicated, mult-axis machines has existed for a few years in Europe, but has not yet ventured into mainstream manufacturing. Deckel Maho Pfronten, a member of the Gildemeister Group, took the sales plunge this year, making the technology available on most of its 2009 machines.
News Items About multi-axis
1 Mastercams Latest CNC Software Enhanced to Provide Multi-Axis Toolpaths (April 20, 2006)
The new Maintenance Release 2 (MR2) software from Mastercam introduces new capabilities including multi-axis toolpaths and Mastercam X a... Read News
2 Tornos Technologies Debuts New Swiss-Type Multi-Axis Machine (April 14, 2006)
The new DECO 8sp single-spindle Swiss-type multi-axis, multi-function machine will be making its debut at IMTS. The machine accommoda... Read News
3 New Multi-Axis Machining Software from NCCS (April 6, 2006)
NCCS announces the new release of the latest version of NCL 9.5 that improves productivity by reducing both programming time and cycle ti... Read News