Analysis of Possibilities of Using Polymeric Materials for Testing Prototypes of Harmonic Drive

Analysis of Possibilities of Using Polymeric Materials for Testing Prototypes of Harmonic Drive

PACANA Jacek, PACANA Andrzej

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Abstract. The main objective of the analysis was to assess the suitability of rapid prototyping methods to perform functional prototypes of a harmonic drive. Physical models of a gear wheel for the harmonic drive were made and geometric accuracy control was carried out therefor. Precise measurements of tooth profiles showed differences between models made with the use of 3D printing and corresponding theoretical outlines. The discrepancies were not decisive for the correctness of the work of the analyzed harmonic drive, since the key parameter affecting its kinematic accuracy is the scale’s constancy.

Harmonic Drive, Flexspline, Polymeric Materials, 3D Printing, FDM, MEM, Coordinate Measurements

Published online 7/16/2018, 6 pages
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Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: PACANA Jacek, PACANA Andrzej, ‘Analysis of Possibilities of Using Polymeric Materials for Testing Prototypes of Harmonic Drive’, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 5, pp 61-66, 2018


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