Originally Published MPMN July/August
Originally Published MPMN July/August 2002
E-NEWSWeb Site Shortens Design Process for Plastic Gears
A design program hosted by Ticona (Summit, NJ) at www.ticona-us.com helps engineers examine the feasibility of using plastic gears in their devices. Developed in conjunction with software firm Universal Technical Systems Inc. (Rockford, IL) and injection molder UFE Inc. (Stillwater, MN), the interactive application provides preliminary gear specifications, load analyses, safety factors, and material options that can help to shorten the development process. "The program is easy to use and contributes to design efficiency," explains Ticona marketing manager Ben Cox. "It asks for a modest number of design inputs and then allows engineers to explore various design scenarios." Among other factors, the programs order-of-magnitude outputs for size and strength can help to determine the required pitch, face width, center distance, number of teeth, and helix angle.
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