#### Re: Cutting a SB Change Gear with a Straight HOB!

G K

Mike,

Thanks a lot for that.  I understand it is an approximation, but thought I would give it a try.  Why not try to make a part for a South Bend Lathe, with a South Bend Lathe.

I did read the Helicron reference you included below.  Unfortunately I did not absorb the calculation chance due the the change in the PA (the fine print).  Based on my drawing of the Rack Hob, and a drawing of a SB 32 tooth gear, I knew I was wrong on my depth.  Based on a comparison of the two drawings, I guessed at a depth of 0.239.  Based on the formula you included below for the PA=14,5, the actual depth should have been 0.233.  We'll see how things turn out.

I will re-read the reference below.

Thanks a lot for the insight,

Greg

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 07:04:06 PM CST, Mike Byrne <mgbyrne3@...> wrote:

Your depth of cut is not appropriate for you gear geometry.

I believe your reference cites rack hob depth of cut as 3.41/DP which assumes a 20 deg pressure angle

and a gear tooth whole depth ratio of 2.25/DP.  That is not your gear (nor his by the way).

For your SB gear, you need to specify DP, PA, and WDR.

Back to basics:  Hob DOC = (pi/4/tan(PA)+WDR-1)/DP    (see reference mentioned below)

for 20 deg PA and WDR of 2.25 one gets 3.408/DP

for 14.5 deg PA and WDR of 2.157 (more likely for a 14.5 PA gear) one gets 4.194/DP as the rack hob tooth depth.

Note this is for theoretical depth of cut for a "V" shaped cutter.  Depth would be increased to reflect a cutter

tip radius.  The challenge is get a depth of cut that produces equal tooth and gap at the pitch diameter when cutting

the gear.

Observations:

the rack hob works for any number of teeth for the given DP

the gear tooth produced is not an involute but rather an approximation using linear segments

more linear segments can be cut by offsetting cutter and rotary indexer but it becomes tedious

with a manual mill and manual rotary

if the video you cited produced gears that meshed, it suggests there considerable wiggle room