Gear Training 

Hands-on fundamentals of gear design and production

Course Fundamentals

This course will cover all of the essentials on how to make a gear: covering specifications, terminology, blanks, machining, lubrication, and inspection.

As an introductory course, we'll start from the ground-level basics on how to calculate gear blank sizes, gear ratios, loading and operating Pfauter gear hobbers, and then measure and inspect our finished gears.

2-Day Gear Training Class

-  Hands-on operator training
-  Educational materials & online tools 
-  Certificate of completion

Cost:    $300
Location: Evolvent Design machine shop in Ventura, CA
Next Date:   June 16 - 17, 9am - 5pm (lunch and coffee provided!)
For Future Dates:   See availability below

Real Hands-On Machining

Get out of the classroom and actually operate the machines needed to make a gear.

Our shop, located in sunny Ventura, CA, has four Pfauter RS00 gear hobbers lined up and ready for training. We've had decades of experience making gears on these machines and by the end of this course, you can do the same.

Manual & CNC Machines 

Whether your shop uses CNC or manual machines, the operating principles are the same.

We'll cover the fundamentals of change gears, cutting feeds and speeds, and proper setups to ensure in-spec, concentric gears your customers will be proud to receive.

Experience Transfer 

We've taken our years of experience in working with gears to cover basic and complex topics from nomenclature and design, to hobbing and shaping, and small-scale manufacturing.

Each participant will receive a reference packet, access to our suite of online tools, and certificate of completion.

Course Topics


   -   History of Gears
   -   Terminology 
   -   Theory, Practice, and State-of-the-Art
   -   Tools and Resources 

Making a Gear

Production Processes - Manual Machines 
   -   Gear blanks in the lathe
   -   Materials and metallurgy
   -   Arbors for workholding
   -   Broaching a keyway with an arbor press
   -   Milling a gear with a dividing head
   -   Hobbing a gear with an original Pfauter

Measurement & Inspection 

   -   Calculating and designing a pitch plate  
   -   Measurement over Pins / Wires
   -   Gages & Vari-Roll inspection

Gear Lubrication

   -   Finding and using gear lubricants  
   -   Comparisons across products and brands
   -   Modern equivalents for obsolete products

Two Gears in Mesh

   -   Calculating center distances
   -   Finding and using gear lubricants
   -   Understanding corrected gears
   -   Backlash and Profile Shift Coefficient

Come visit us in Ventura!

Walking distance from Main Street Ventura featuring local restaurants, shopping, and hotels close by:

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach (1.1 miles)
Clocktower Inn Ventura (0.7 miles)