Constant Scallop-height Machining of Free-form Surfaces

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K. Suresh, D. C. H. Yang

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1597

J. Eng. Ind 116(2), 253-259 (May 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2901938 History: Received August 01, 1992; Revised June 01, 1993; Online April 08, 2008


A novel approach for the NC tool-path generation of free-form surfaces is presented. Traditionally, the distance between adjacent tool-paths in either the Euclidean space or in the parametric space is kept constant. Instead, in this work, the scallop-height is kept constant. This leads to a significant reduction in the size of the CL (cutter location) data accompanied by a reduction in the machining time. This work focuses on the zig-zag (meander) finishing using a ball-end milling cutter.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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