I recently printed a 66T pulley out of PLA just to see if it works. And it did. The belt and pulley engaged perfectly. However for my drive train I need a larger gearing ratio so I changed the groove count to 72T and printed my design in PETG. Now… I have a very bad engadement between the belt and the pulley… Could it be the 3D printer or something else? The groove design of the pulleys stayed the same only the PD, OD and groove count changed between the designs.
Okay, attached is the design of the pulley. It was a manual design from pulley profile information I have researched over a few days to get the correct design. I did not use a generator so if I need to make some changes to the design, I will be able to do it. The thing is, nothing has changed on the 2 designs I’ve made accept the number of grooves (and the obviously the OD).
I’ve done some meteorology of my own in the meantime and the OD of the 2 different pulleys matches the CAD model. I have measured the OD of the 72T pulley to be Ø113.5mm. Which is quite accurate as the theoretical OD for a HTD-05 72T is Ø113.45mm more accurate than that is impossible… hahahaha!
The only other variable I can think of messing my pulley up is the printers. The 72T PETG pulley was printed with 0.4mm nozzle and the 66T was printed with 0.2mm nozzle. But that also does not really make sense…
Thanks. Yes l’m quite aware of the variables that need to change with the increase in groove number. I’ve checked that over a few times. Anyway, that site is very nice, I’ll go through that as well now. Maybe something in my model is off… I don’t know.
Okay, so I constructed a new model based on the information from Capolight and got this…
The blue one is the old 72T pulley and the red one is the new pulley… The OD’s are the same, only difference is the size of the grooves. The old pulley has slightly larger grooves to create space for the belt’s teeth and make up for the tollerances etc… basically the same as I did for the 66T pulley that worked… So the only thing I can think of is 2 different printers and 2 different materials PETG and PLA.