Friction Welding Gears Case Study


OEM Gear Manufacturing


Drive Gear


Marine Drives


A leading OEM gear manufacturing company needed an alternative to extensive lead times on forged gear blanks. The alternative needed to equal the strength and performance of forged product.


American Friction Welding, Inc. helped the customer make this part by joining three pieces of 8620 bearing grade rolled steel.

  • Center Gear Blanks are cut from 13” bar stock
  • Two Drive Shafts are cut from 3.5” bar stock
  • By joining these two stock sizes to near-net-shape, cutting of waste is eliminated
  • The non-porous, grain-refined joint produced the necessary strength to meet the performance test on the part
  • Lead times were reduced to four weeks or less and OEM throughput was greatly enhanced

OEM Gear Manufacturing & Friction Welding

Friction Welding for Gears


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