Third Wave Systems (Minneapolis, Minnesota) has commenced a multi-faceted research program focused on streamlining and improving the gear-hobbing machining process. For the next two years, engineers will work to develop and demonstrate a general, validated, physics-based modeling capability for the gear hobbing process that will enable gear designers to predict chip formation and residual stress in machined components in order to minimize distortion and improve fatigue life. The program will give equal attention to shortening the development of new gear hobs that last longer and cut better by using physics-based modeling for prototype testing. The program is supported by a two-year U.S. Naval Air Systems Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award that totals $750,000.
“This project presents a fantastic opportunity for Third Wave not only because it enables us to develop new modeling capabilities as they relate to distortion prediction, but also because the resulting technology will be invaluable to many of our customers,” said Kerry Marusich, Third Wave President.