A Manufacturing Model for Ball-End Mill Gashing Based on a CAM System
Fei Tang*, 1, Min Jin1, Xiaofeng Yue2, Zhanhua You1, Shuzhe Li1, Xiaohao Wang1
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 12
Last Page: 17
Publisher Id: TOMEJ-6-12
Article History:Received Date: 21/9/2011
Revision Received Date: 25/11/2011
Acceptance Date: 30/11/2011
Electronic publication date: 16/2/2012
Collection year: 2012
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To facilitate the manufacturing of a ball-end mill, this paper presents an algorithm for ball-end mills gashing by using a five-axis computer numerical control (CNC) grinding machine. In this study, the normal helix models are proposed. Then, based on the cutting edge geometric model and the machining mode of the five-axis computer numerical control (CNC) grinding machine, the coordinate of the grinding point when the step of the gash out is grinded will be calculated. With the input data of ball-end mill geometry, wheels geometry, wheel setting and machine setting, the NC code for machining will be generated. Then the code will be used to simulate the ball-end mill machining in 3 Dimension. The 3D simulation system of the ball-end mill grinding is generated by VBA and AutoCAD2008. The algorithm of ballend mill gashing can be verified by the 3D simulation system. Result shows that the algorithm presented in this paper provides a practical and efficient method for the manufacture of a ball-end mill gashing.