Chapter 7: Powder Metallurgy
Powder metallurgy (P/M) is a flexible metalworking process for the production of gears. The P/M process is capable of producing close tolerance gears with strengths to 1240 MPa at economical prices in higher volume quantities. This chapter discusses the capabilities, limitations, process advantages, forms, tolerances, design, tooling, performance, quality control, and inspection of P/M gear manufacture. In addition, it presents examples that illustrate the versatility of the P/M process for gear manufacture.