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Title: Flat-end cutter accessibility determination in 5-axis milling of sculptured surfaces
Authors: Li, L.L. 
Zhang, Y.F. 
Keywords: 5-Axis milling
Accessible posture range
Cutter selection
Local and rear-gouging
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Li, L.L.,Zhang, Y.F. (2005). Flat-end cutter accessibility determination in 5-axis milling of sculptured surfaces. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 2 (1-4) : 203-212. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this paper, a point-based method is developed to check whether a flat-end cutter is able to finish the entire sculptured surface without any interference in 5-axis milling. In order to reduce the heavy computation load, the surface is firstly decomposed into interference-prone and interference-free regions by considering the local surface geometry and the cutter's geometry. At the point within the interference-prone regions, a comprehensive search algorithm has been developed to find the accessible posture range for a given cutter in terms of the tilting and rotational angles. The constraints considered in cutter accessibility determination include machine's axis limit, localgouging, rear-gouging, and global-collision. Examples are given to show the validity, efficacy and robustness of the developed methods.
Source Title: Computer-Aided Design and Applications
ISSN: 16864360
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