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Multicutter machining of compound parametric surfaces
Author(s): Abdelmadjid Hatna; R. J. Grieve; P. Broomhead
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Paper Abstract

Parametric free forms are used in industries as disparate as footwear, toys, sporting goods, ceramics, digital content creation, and conceptual design. Optimizing tool path patterns and minimizing the total machining time is a primordial issue in numerically controlled (NC) machining of free form surfaces. We demonstrate in the present work that multi-cutter machining can achieve as much as 60% reduction in total machining time for compound sculptured surfaces. The given approach is based upon the pre-processing as opposed to the usual post-processing of surfaces for the detection and removal of interference followed by precise tracking of unmachined areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4192, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III, (13 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.403650
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Abdelmadjid Hatna, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
R. J. Grieve, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
P. Broomhead, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4192:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; Angappa Gunasekaran, Editor(s)

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