Arbor Press FEA Modeling

Greenerd Arbor Press (SolidWorks Model)

As part of my Machine Design independent study in Fall 2011, I developed and completed a project incorporating CAD modeling (including modeling of gear teeth and complex curves), assembly creation and FEA analysis. I created a CAD model of the Greenerd 3-ton arbor press in the Swarthmore Engineering machine shop, and developed FEA simulations in SolidwWorks Simulation to examine the areas of greatest stress concentration produced during pressing operations.

While this project was quantitatively inconclusive (due to time constraints and machine access requirements, I wasn’t able to conduct physical tests to compare to the FEA results), it was an excellent opportunity for me to gain experience both in SolidWorks modeling and in FEA simulation. The SolidWorks model, while relatively simple overall does contain some sophisticated features, including precise, to-spec gear teeth (12-pitch coarse standard, from Machinery’s Handbook, 28th Ed.) and spline profiles. Additionally, I was able to experiment with simulating complex assemblies, something which I hadn’t worked with before.

SolidWorks Model | Report

2 thoughts on “Arbor Press FEA Modeling

    • Hi! Unfortunately, I don’t – I was more focused on finishing the assignment at the time! Feel free to download the SolidWorks model, although I should warn you, it’s a pretty messy model: I’ve learned a lot more about good CAD practices since then, and I wouldn’t use it as a reference for how to model something like the arbor press.

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