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Our vetted network of precision CNC partners can hit tolerances as tight as +/- 0.0002 in.
Fictiv has vetted manufacturing partners in North America and Asia Pacific regions, for maximum flexibility across pricing and lead times.
Fictiv’s manufacturing network includes a range of gear hobbing machines, including:
0.06, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3, 0.35, 0.4, 0.45, 0.5, 0.55, 0.6, 0.7, 0.75, 0.8, 0.9, 1, 1.25 and 1.5.
We accept the following gear hobbing standards:
|Hobbing||Wire EDM||Sinker EDM|
|Tolerance level||ISO grade 7 to 12||ISO grade 7 to 12||ISO grade 7 to 12|
|Part size||Min LxW: 1 x 1 mmMax LxW: 200 x 200 mm Height: up to 300 mm||Min LxW: 8 x 8 mm Max LxW: 350 x 350 mm Height: up to 350 mm||Min LxW: 0.3 x 0.3 mm Max LxW: 800 x 800 mm Height: up to 500 mm|
|Top use cases||Internal and external gears, internal deep pockets (must be through hole), hole with keyway||Internal gears and features which are not through hole, internal feature requiring minimal fillets such as a hexagonal shaped cutout in a part||External gears, shafts with gears, worm gears, plastic gears|
|Materials||All available materials||All available metal materials||All available metal materials|
|Minimum fillet radius||n/a||0.05mm standard 0.01mm premium precision||0.05mm standard 0.01mm premium precision|
|Lead time||As Fast As 12 days||As Fast As 7 days||As Fast As 7 days|
|Profiles and tooling||Library of hobbing tools or custom tool||No tooling required||Custom electrode|
|Production volume||Low to high quantities||Low quantities only||Low quantities only|
Customers can minimize cost and lead time by selecting a standard hobbing tool. Building a custom hobbing tool requires longer lead times, greater hobbing tool cost and time for pre-production testing. For custom tools, customers must submit a drawing in addition to a 3D model to specify the gear hobbing tool (module), number of teeth, and level of precision required.
Worm gears are made using a combination of hobbing and milling. Bevel gears are made using a combination of 5-axis CNC and hobbing.
For standard gears, please submit a 2D drawing with your model that specifies the following information: module, number of teeth, and the precision level.
For spur gears, please submit a 2D drawing with your model that specifies the following information: module, number of teeth, pressure angle/helical angle, and the precision level.
For profile shifted gears, please submit a 2D drawing with your model that specifies the following information: profile shift coefficient, tooth to tooth composite error, and tooth profile tolerance.
Hobbing is a machining process for cutting gear features on both metal and non-metal parts. The gear teeth (or splines) are progressively cut into a cylindrical piece of material by a series of cuts made by a cutting tool called a hob. Hobbing allows you to achieve various gear shapes and sizes such as spur gears, worm gears and bevel gears. Although gear hobbing can be used for prototyping small quantities, this process is best suited for higher volume production.
Our manufacturing partners have various hobbing tools in stock which allow for quick turnaround times. If a custom gear profile is desired that is not part of our standard hobbing tool library, customers can order custom hobbing tools to be built. If you want to create internal gear features, we offer Electrical Discharge Machining (wire and sinker), as internal gear features cannot be achieved with hobbing.
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What is gear hobbing?
Gear hobbing is a machining process for cutting gear features on both metal and non-metal parts. The gear teeth (or splines) are progressively cut into a cylindrical piece of material by a sequence of cuts made by a tool called a hob. Hobbing allows you to achieve various gear shapes and sizes such as spur gears, worm gears and bevel gears.
What is the difference between gear shaping and gear hobbing?
Gear hobbing is a widely used cutting process with great versatility, often used for creating gears and spurs. Hobs involve a cutter that rotates in sync with the workpiece that is being "hobbed."
Gear shaping is a cutting method that uses reciprocating action of the cutter to create the gear teeth in the blank . Shapers may cut one tooth at a time, whereas others make multiple passes to cut teeth with a rotating cutter.
Only shapers have the ability to cut internal gear teeth, whereas hobs can cut external spur and worm gears.
What is indexing in gear cutting?
Indexing in gear cutting is a method where the periphery of a cylindrical workpiece is divided into an equal number of parts with the assistance of an index crank and plate.
There are 4 indexing methods for cutting a gear.
How are internal gears made?
When manufacturing an internal gear the usual gear hobbing used in spur gear production cannot be used because of its shape. It is generally made using gear shaping that is equipped with a pinion cutter.