Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.

Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.

Abstract

The objective of this project was to develop an automated process for modeling spiral bevel gears to reduce gear design time. As the popularity of five-axis CNC machine tools and multi-axis CAM software has increased, such tools are now being used to manufacture these types of gears in small size lots. However, an accurate 3D representation of the gears' defining geometry is not always readily available. The goal of this project was to create a system that will accurately define this geometry in CAD software. The outcome was a well-defined set of steps that can be used to accurately create gear models. The final step was to streamline this process by taking advantage of the features of the CAD software.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Management Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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