IAP 2021: Viability of gear manufacture without specialized machines

UROP Project Title: Affordable Involute Gear Manufacturing

Term ELO is offered: IAP 2021

Compensation: MIT Students Paid ($13/hour) or Credit. Non-MIT students - Credit only.

Location: Remote / in-person optional

Contact: Jack Whipple

Project Description

Involute gears for power transmission have typically been manufactured with specialized expensive machines. Exploring gear manufacture and validation with on-campus CNC machines as available and benchmarking against traditional hobbing and shaping, a student will design, manufacture, harden, and test steel gears, and report results on overall cost/performance.


CAD, Solidworks preferred, mechanical assembly, measurement and instrumentation.


This is a paid position at $13/hour up to a maximum of $1,820 for the IAP period. The intern should be able to commit to working 20 to 40 hours per week over the course of IAP, from January 4 through January 29, 2021.

Apply by September 18, 2020

If interested in applying, please contact: Jack Whipple, MIT D-Lab Workshop Manager