Configuration synthesis of machining centres with tool change mechanisms

Fu Chen Chen, Hong Sen Yan

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The purpose of this paper is to generate all possible design configurations of machining centres with tool change mechanisms. A methodology is proposed for synthesizing the mechanisms of machining centres with required topology and motion characteristics. Machining centres with tool change mechanisms up to eight links are synthesized. For machining centres with a two degrees of freedom table, the mechanisms with seven and eight links have three and 17 different design configurations, respectively. The results of this work provide a systematic approach for synthesizing spatial open-type mechanisms with motion requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-295
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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