Machining gears efficiently
06/01/2015 - Oliver Hagenlocher
Nobody can say with any certainty when the first gear was invented. The only certain is that the Ancient Egyptians used the first precursors of gears to transfer rotary motion. Other historical evidence, such as the Antikythera mechanism, shows that people were able not only to plan and make gears with great precision in pre-Christian times, but were also able to make complex gearboxes. This has been a requirement that has developed continuously over the years.
Today, gears are manufactured in massive quantities and a very wide variety of forms using a large range of materials. Plastic gears are used in many electro-mechanical systems such as modern car seats, which can be adjusted at the touch of a button. Gears are integral components of gearboxes and must be manufactured with extreme precision for this purpose.
In short, the production of a modern car requires so many different, toothed components that the obvious question is how to manufacture these components efficiently.
KOEPFER K 300
The K 300 is a universal solution for gear manufacturing. The machine can be tailored almost at will to meet the most diverse requirements. The machine can be used almost universally, whether for dry gear hobbing, skive hobbing or hard milling, cutting teeth into worm or bevel gears or even non-circular toothing. The machine can be fitted with a range of technologies for all these jobs. Be it for extraction systems for wet machining or the integration of a wide range of deburring systems, the machine has a variety of optional equipment to satisfy almost every demand, yet is also extremely compact and very ergonomic in design, which means that it can be set up quickly.