Systematic Approach to Designing Plastic Spur and Helical Gears
The article "Systematic Approach to Designing Plastic Spur and Helical Gears" appeared in the November/December 1989 issue of Gear Technology.
Plastic gears are being used increasingly in applications, such as printers, cameras, small household appliances, small power tools, instruments, timers, counters and various other products. Because of the many variables involved, an engineer who designs gear trains on an occasional basis may find the design process to be somewhat overwhelming. This article outlines a systematic design approach for developing injection molded plastic spur and helical gears. The use of a computer program for designing plastic gears is introduced as an invaluable design tool for solving complex gearing equations.
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