Development of a five-axis milling tool path generation algorithm based on faceted models

B. Lauwers, Gandjar Kiswanto, J. P. Kruth

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of a 5-axis milling tool path generation algorithm based on faceted or tessellated models. In a first step, the developed algorithm optimises the tool inclination angle for maximal material removal rate in each cutter contact point. This is obtained by matching the tool profile of a flat end cutter with a temporary spline representing the curvature of the part surface in the tool contact point. In a second step, the elimination of gouging between the tool and the surface and a smooth behaviour of the tool inclination angle along the tool path is obtained by a combination of tool inclination angle adaptation and tool lifting along the normal vector. Finally, the paper describes some experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-88
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

Keywords

  • Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • Faceted model
  • Milling

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