Modeling and measurement of active parameters and workpiece home position of a multi-axis machine tool

Psang Dain Lin, Chian Sheng Tzeng

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Abstract

The complex structures of a multi-axis machine tool may produce inaccuracies at the tool tip caused by dimensional errors in the machine's link parameters. This paper addresses two important issues for precision machining: (1) which link parameters (denoted as active parameters) of a machine tool can affect the machining accuracy of a workpiece and (2) how to measure the active parameters by using a grinding wheel as a measuring probe. To achieve this, a modified Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H) notation is introduced to model a multi-axis machine tool. The NC data equations are then derived in terms of the machine's link parameters. It is found that the link parameters of a machine tool can be divided into two types: active and nonactive parameters. The prerequisite for obtaining an accurately machined workpiece is to have correct values of the active parameters and the workpiece home position. Based on the developed NC data equations of a multi-axis machine tool, this paper also addresses the technique of using a grinding wheel as a measuring probe to determine the active parameters and the workpiece home position. Experimental results are also given with illustrative examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-349
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Volume48
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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