Helical Micro-Drill Point Design and Grinding

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C. Lin, S. K. Kang, K. F. Ehmann

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208

J. Eng. Ind 117(3), 277-287 (Aug 01, 1995) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2804332 History: Received December 01, 1992; Revised February 01, 1993; Online January 17, 2008


A new drill point geometry, termed the helical drill point, specifically intended for micro-drills, is developed in order to alleviate the disadvantages of existing planar micro-drill points. A mathematical model for this new drill point has been established. It is shown that this model is more general than existing drill point models. The commonly used conical, cylindrical and planar drill point models are only special cases of the helical model. For uniquely determining the grinding parameters of the new drill point as well as guiding the grinder design, the characteristics, the controllability and the sensitivity of the grinding parameters have been analyzed. Finally the geometric characteristics of this new drill point are investigated.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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