Experienced gear molders caution design engineers to avoid common pitfalls with plastic gears. One old problem, says ABA/PGT, is misaligned mating parallel-axis (spur and helical) gear tooth surfaces. The solution is the modification of gear flanks by making them full thickness at mid-face-width and tapering them to each edge, as shown in the drawing below. This modification, extending over the full height of the gear tooth, is referred to as crowning. Other useful advice comes from UFE of Stillwater, MN. Operating temperature must be factored into designs using dissimilar materials. If a gearcase is made of metal and the gears are plastic, the distance between the gears will change because of the differing coefficients of linear thermal expansion.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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