InvoMilling from Sandvik Coromant allows the production of different gear profiles.
InvoMilling from Sandvik Coromant allows the production of different gear profiles.

Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant has extended the functionality of its InvoMilling CAD/CAM software.

The new version of this user-friendly CAD/CAM solution for numerical control (NC) programming has been improved with regards to manufacturing gears on universal five-axis machining centers. As of late 2017, the software will make it possible to produce straight bevel gears and herringbone gears.

InvoMilling makes use of machine tool kinetics to make gears and splines in quality 6 or better according to DIN 3962. After entering the required gear data, the CAD/CAM software defines the best machining strategies and generates a CNC program that allows the production of different gear profiles using standard precision tools. The software also offers improves graphics as well as features to create and simulate milling paths.

A further new function available in the new version of InvoMilling is flank correction. This applies to tip relief and crowning in both the flank and profile directions, as well as helix and pressure angle corrections. Adapted tools have also been introduced to the tool library.

‘With the new software functionalities and tool optimisations, we are offering our customers additional options for gear cutting in small and medium batch sizes – making the process even more flexible, fast and efficient,’ said Jochen Sapparth, product manager InvoMilling CAD/CAM at Sandvik Coromant. ‘At the same time, we are expanding the range of applications that can be performed using five-axis machining center.’

This story is reprinted from material from Sandvik Coromant, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.