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What Is Involved In The Gear Cutting Process

October 07, 2020

What Is Involved In The Gear Cutting Process


As a leading manufacturer of precision gears, many of our customers are wondering what the gear cutting process actually involves. Actually, the entire gear manufacturing process includes a number of steps including broaching, hobbing, milling, shaping, and grinding. The methods and machines used to produce gears vary depending on the type of gear being processed and gears can be made out of various materials such as metal, plastic, bronze, and aluminum.


What does the process entail?


One of the most common gear cutting processes we perform is gear hobbing. Using a specialized form of technology and machinery called a gear hobber, the gear’s teeth are being cut by the equally spaced cutting edges of the hobbing machine as the gear blank rotates. Using the topnotch and high-quality hobbing machines, namely the Gleason Phoenix 400 GH CNC Hobber, Gleason Phoenix 200GH CNC Hobber, and Gleason Phoenix 125 GH CNC Hobber. 


These machines enable us to create many different types of gears but particularly spur and helical gears. All these hobbers are powered by CNC capabilities, allowing us to meet and even exceed our customer specifications. Another process involved in the entire gear cutting process is milling wherein the gear blank is passed through a form cutter to form the tooth gap -- its key advantage is that it can make almost any kind of gear. 


The final steps include the grinding and the finishing process in which the gear that has been cut is finished through multiple steps. During the grinding process, abrasives are used to finish the surface of the gears, making them ready for a wide range of operational applications. In the end, our precision cutting process creates optimum performing gears for various industrial uses. We use any combination of processes to make sure that our gears are high-quality, easy to install, and up to deliver excellent performance.