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How to Design a Sprocket for Bulldozer Drive
- The sprocket generator in OpenSCAD creates a proportionally correct sprocket.
- How do we know how to scale it to match our specific case?
- We first design the track. We settled on pin spacing of 3", and XXH 1.5" pipe (see Pipe Chart) for the roller, with 1" pins. Thus: roller = 1.9" OD (1.5" XXH pipe), pitch = 3" (based on geometry of pins:
- Ratio of 3/1.9=1.58. Ratio of pitch to the roller is constant.
- Then we generate the sprocket using 5 parameters
- 1 - Number of teeth
- 2 - Roller (5 units)
- 3 - Pitch - 1.58x the roller size as determined by our track geometry (looks sensible, and 3" pitch was selected as a convenient distance, and 1.9" OD roller was selected as a readily-available stock material
- 4 - Thickness - that is the thickness of the plate material
- 5 - Tolerance - play in the distance between rollers (pitch)?
- To generate a correct sprocket, we can scale the resulting design in CAD - by superposing the track piece over the sprocket to make sure the track pieces fit in the valley-to-valley distance in the sprocket (which corresponds to the distance between rollers, or pitch)
- See the File:Sprocketgeo.dxf for how the track pieces fit into the sprocket (example shows a larger sprocket than an 8 tooth sprocket)
Bulldozer 2015 Usage
Exporting DXFs from 3D Objects in OpenSCAD
- Exporting DXFs -  - essentially - load and flatten, then export DXF
- Note: stock Export DXF does not work for 3D files - they need to be projected first.
- To project - projection(cut=false) import("sprocket.stl"); STL file must exist in same directory
- Sprocket geometry for a correct sprocket pitch and roller diameter - example - File:Sprocketgeo.dxf
- Uses Sprocket Generator