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Fundamentals Of Gear Shaping

December 29, 2021

Fundamentals Of Gear Shaping

Easy availability of gears is vital for the functioning of many industries. With the help of solid gears, effective energy transfer into movement required for the functioning of machines is possible. However, manufacturing the right gears that fit perfectly for different industrial applications is a task that requires expertise and experience. In this blog, we learn in detail about the process of gear shaping.


There are many methods of gear manufacturing. The initial process of producing a partially finished gear part is known as blanking. This semi-finished gear is known as a gear blank. Teeth are carved into the gear blank through various machining processes depending on its application. 



In this blog, we list some of the standard machining methods used for gear forming:



  • Broaching
  • Hobbing
  • Milling
  • Gear Shaping


Everything you should know about gear shaping


Gear shaping is one of the most popular gear cutting methods. Gear manufacturers often rely on this method due to its accuracy and ability to work on heavy loads. With the introduction of CNC machining, shaping gears has become relatively easier.


In this type of gear cutting, a gear cutter is used to shape internal and external teeth on a gear blank. During gear shaping, matching the helix angle, pitch, and the thickness and depth of the teeth is crucial. 


Following are the main types of gear cutters used for shaping teeth on a gear blank:


  • Disc
  • Hub
  • Shank
  • Helical

Dependable gear manufacturers like True Gear & Spline rely on gear shaping for manufacturing industrial-grade gears that perfectly fit your applications. Using this method for cutting internal and external teeth on a gear blank makes a lot of sense as there is never a compromise on the precision. 


We manufacture spline shafts, internal splines, and helical gears with the help of state-of-the-art equipment and CNC machining. Contact us today to learn about all our products and services.