Unique Design Constraints for Molded Plastic Transmissions


Molded plastic gears and transmissions must work effectively in extremely variable conditions just as their counterparts in steel. Plastics have the added variables of large thermal expansion and contraction, moisture absorption, greater tolerance variation, lower strength, and form deviations due to the molding process. The design of a molded transmission must consider these effects and characteristics. This paper will offer an example of the development of a molded plastic gear pump intended for the very steady delivery of 50 psi water pressure for a medical application. It will present our approach in design, tolerancing, material selection, molding procedure, and testing to achieve and verify an effective as-molded transmission.
ISBN: 978-1-55589-964-6 Pages: 7
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