Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICAL.2008.4636137
Title: A geometric method for optimal multi-cutter selection in 5-axis finish cut of sculptured surfaces
Authors: Li, H.Y.
Zhang, Y.F. 
Keywords: 5-axis milling
Machining efficiency
Multiple cutter selection
Sculptured surface
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Li, H.Y., Zhang, Y.F. (2008). A geometric method for optimal multi-cutter selection in 5-axis finish cut of sculptured surfaces. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, ICAL 2008 : 153-158. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICAL.2008.4636137
Abstract: This paper presents an optimization method for multiple cutter selection in 5-axis sculptured surface finish cut. Compared to machining using a single cutter, the application of multiple cutters can shorten the cutting time. In our early work, an algorithm has been developed to select the largest feasible cutter to finish the whole of a given sculptured surface by considering gouging and collision problems. In this paper, this method is extended to select an optimal set of cutters which are utilized to finish different regions of the surface. For a given surface, the feasible cutters, that form all the possible cutter sets, are identified by calculating all cutters' accessibility information. The candidate cutter sets are then extracted from all possible cutter sets by keeping every cutter's actual cutting region sufficiently large. Based on a proposed method for estimating the cutting time without generating the tool path, the optimal cutter set with the maximum cutting efficiency is selected. Examples are given to show the validity and robustness of the developed methods. © 2008 IEEE.
Source Title: Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, ICAL 2008
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/85853
ISBN: 9781424425020
DOI: 10.1109/ICAL.2008.4636137
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