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Pinion I feel would be easy, it's a low helix gear with an additional z axis move in the centre.

I'll include this picture stolen without credits from Bob Whorefields site as he steals everything and credits no one  ;D

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It would be easier using a vee cutter and as most pinions / wheels are done in a soft material i single flute cutter similar to an engraving cutter could be used. After all the most common angles would be 20 and 29 degrees or 30 for the trapezoidal guys in EU land.

Worms them selves are just screws so using anything other than a lathe is just an exercise in getting a good spanking [ mind you that's not bad at the right hands  :o ]

If you were serious though it's simple job to hand write a code and mill one with the exact same cutter, or Gearotic could even spit the code out given you fill a few boxes in.

This was just a test once to see how easy iy would be to do a square thread.

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John:

  I never knew there was any helix to the pinion,  it is a function of the cross angle one wants? Like 90 degree would be standard, no helix?

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Yes the helix angle of the pinion, lets just call it a wheel, is equal to the helix angle of the worm.
If you get a worm, or piece of all thread and offer it up to a spur gear it will sit canted to one side because of the helix angle.
To sit at 90 degrees [ normal setup for worm and wheel l the wheel will have to carry the same angle.

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I think this picture off Google images shows it well.

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John:

  Thank you, I handn't looked into them deep enough to realize all that,
the helix is obvious once you consider it , I guess I hadnt till now. :)

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When I tried to generate worm gears for 3D printing, I found that the tooth form changed from the top to the bottom of the gear, though probably not enough to matter much with real world gears.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:270309/

I imagine nobody is silly enough to try to produce the pointy bits at the top and bottom on a working part.
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Hi Nate:

  Those look like the pressure angle is way too high, .. or is that on purpose I wonder?

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ArtF wrote: Hi Nate:

  Those look like the pressure angle is way too high, .. or is that on purpose I wonder?
They're designed to mesh with acme screws, so the pressure angle is - nominally - 14.5 degrees.  The thing is that the screw is really only a trapezoidal rack on the plane that contains its axis, and does more interesting things as you move away from that plane.  I think I also profile shifted aggressively so that the gear could 'grab' more of the screw thread.
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>>profile shifted aggressiv ely so that t

Ahh, that would explain it.. :)

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Oh well, accept my vote for worms also
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