Mechanical Guides in Gear Shaping
Fellows gear shapers are used to produce both spur and helical gears through the process of shaping. While shaping a spur gears is a pretty straight-forward process mechanically, shaping a gear to a particular helix angle requires more complexity. Fellows incorporated a helical guide to their machines which allowed the user to match the helix angle and lead of their shaper cutter. Each time a machinist needed to change the cutting tool to a different helix angle, a different guide would need to be used. If a particular angle is needed, a new guide needs to be made for the machine.
New Helical Guides for Fellows Shapers
As OEM for Fellows gear shapers, Bourn & Koch is able to provide helical guides for their machines to OEM specifications. We can replace your existing helical guide per OEM specifications or provide you with a new helical guide to achieve a particular helix angle on a gear you are cutting.
Electronic Stroke Shaping
Bourn & Koch’s MS450, HDS 1600-300 and the new VBS line of modular CNC gear shapers incorporate electronic guides to eliminate the need for mechanical helical guides. Any helix angle can be cut on these machines through user input on our intuitive HMI. The VBS line of shapers is part of the VBX modular platform of machines which includes vertical turret lathes and vertical grinders.
To request a quote for a new helical guide or any other Fellows parts, contact Jason Forde, our Fellows specialist. Jason can be reached at 815-713-2335 or [email protected].
To learn more about our VBS shapers and their electronic stroke shaping, contact [email protected]