A real-time NURBS surface interpolator for precision three-axis CNC machining

M. C. Tsai, C. W. Cheng, M. Y. Cheng

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Abstract

Due to the fact that the cutting occurs around the cutter contact (CC) point, the efficiency and quality of CNC machining can be improved significantly if the CC velocity along the surface is kept costant. Conventional approaches to machining mainly maintain a constant cutter location (CL) velocity, so that the CC velocity along the surface is often not constant and usually results in non-uniform machining and unsatisfactory quality. To overcome this difficulty, this paper presents a novel NURBS surface interpolator that is capable of real-time generation of CL motion command for ball-end milling of NURBS surfaces and maintaining a constant CC velocity along the CC path and its intervals. For performance evaluation, a three-axis servomechanism driven by three servomotors is controlled to track segments represented by NURBS surfaces. Experimental results verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1217-1227
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Volume43
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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