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Recently, a new type of hob with carbide inserts has been introduced, providing higher cutting speeds, longer tool life and higher feed rates when compared to re-grindable, high-speed steel hobs. But with this kind of hob, new challenges occur due to positional errors of the cutting edges when mounted on the tool. These errors lead to manufacturing errors on the gear teeth which must be controlled. In this paper, the tooth quality of a gear manufactured by hobs with different quality classes is analyzed using a simulation model in combination with Monte Carlo methods.
Decades ago, technology shifted from HSS to indexable inserts in turning and milling. This movement wasn't immediately realized in gear hobbing because coated PM-HSS hobs and complex gear profiles remained highly effective and productive methods. Only fairly recently have gear manufacturers started to take a serious look at indexable technology to cut gear teeth.
Indexable carbide insert (ICI) cutting tools continue to play a pivotal role in gear manufacturing. By offering higher cutting speeds, reduced cycle times, enhanced coatings, custom configurations and a diverse range of sizes and capabilities, ICI tools have proven invaluable for finishing and pre-grind applications. They continue to expand their unique capabilities and worth in the cutting tool market.
Sandvik presents the latest in gear milling technologies.
Manufacturing involute gears using form grinding or form milling wheels are beneficial to hobs in some special cases, such as small scale production and, the obvious, manufacture of internal gears. To manufacture involute gears correctly the form wheel must be purpose-designed, and in this paper the geometry of the form wheel is determined through inverse calculation. A mathematical model is presented where it is possible to determine the machined gear tooth surface in three dimensions, manufactured by this tool, taking the finite number of cutting edges into account. The model is validated by comparing calculated results with the observed results of a gear manufactured by an indexable insert milling cutter.
Indexable carbide insert cutting tools for gears are nothing new. But big gears have recently become a very big business. The result is that there's been a renewed interest in carbide insert cutting tools.
News Items About indexable
1 BIG Kaiser Precision Toolings New Indexable Drill Design Provides Deeper Boring Depth (February 19, 2007)
BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling introduces its newest indexable insert drills. According to the companys press release, the new de... Read News
2 Walter Introduces New Indexable Insert Cartridges (January 26, 2015)
Walter, a producer of precision cutting tools for milling, drilling, turning, boring and specialized tools, recently introduced... Read News
3 Walter Wear-Optimization App Decreases Wear on Indexable-Inserts and Round-Tools (May 10, 2016)
A new Walter app, which works on all current mobile devices and operating systems, enables users to identify all specific forms of wear o... Read News
4 Kennametal Mill 4-11 Indexable Shoulder Mill Designed for Smooth Cuts with Small Machining Centers (October 21, 2016)
Two years ago, Kennametal introduced a double-sided 90 degrees milling platform that eliminates this issue while providing manufacturers ... Read News