Third Wave Systems have recently released a new gear machining capability for their Advant-Edge finite element software. This new feature enables gear manufacturers to increase tool life and improve gear quality by simulating the cutting process and predicting chip formation, temperature, stresses and cutting forces. The new software reportedly maximizes development return-on-investment by reducing both the number of design iterations and the amount of trial-and-error testing required. Both cylindrical and spiral bevel gear machining can be studied through process-specific interfaces designed for cylindrical hobbing, face hobbing and face milling. The interface reportedly allows users to input workpiece blank dimensions and process parameters using industry standard terminology. As the exhibitors insist, due to the significant cost and difficulty involved in studying gear machining processes through experimental methods, the ability to virtually model and simulate this process is an important innovation for the gear manufacturing industry.
Modeling and simulation of gear machining
Third Wave Systems will be introducing a new gear machining feature for their Advant-Edge finite element software. The company considers the ability to virtually model and simulate the gear machining process as a significant innovation for the gear industry.