As a machine element, the gear wheel is an elementary component of almost all modern machines. This “wheel equipped with teeth evenly distributed along the circumference” is primarily installed in all types of gearboxes and is needed to make transfers between two rotations or between one rotation and a linear movement (pairing of a gear wheel with a rack). Gear drives represent the largest group amongst gearboxes. They are positive-locking and are consequently slip-free.
Gear grinding requires high precision throughout the process, and it is important to use the right grinding wheel for the application. The selection of abrasive material and wheel configuration depends on the base alloy, tooth geometry, and size of the production run, among other factors. 3M’s expanded abrasives portfolio can help you meet the growing demand for tighter dimensional tolerances and shorter production schedules, even with difficult-to-grind materials.
We are interested in helping you decide which 3M gear grinding product works best for your application. A 3M Abrasive Expert will contact you to ensure you’re getting the product you need to get your job done right.
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