Our Gearbox Cases start out as 60kg blocks of billet 7075-T6 aluminum alloy.
Whilst 7075-T6 is an expensive material, it's one of the strongest aluminum alloys available and is the industry standard for many aerospace and military applications. 7075-T6 alloy is as strong as many steels with tensile strength of 78,000 PSI.
The strength and rigidity of a gearbox casing is crucial for gear performance, so we elected not to compromise performance by choosing a less costly material. We wanted the maximum strength and precision possible in our gearbox casings and the best way to do that is to program CNC 4 and 5 axis milling machines to carve the exact shape that we need out of the 60 kg billets.
Not only does this provide the maximum strength and rigidity possible, but the robotic repeatability in the machining process allows us to reduce some of our tolerances down to just 7 microns.
The CNC mill creates a finish that you simply cant get by casting…there’s no rough sand cast marks, no ridges and valleys, no pin holes, just a mirror smooth presentation. Although our gearcases look like they've been polished, they haven't. This is just the way they come off the CNC mills when you use high speed tooling run at slow passes - a perfect finish.