2D finite element model with the same material for backup to minimize the burr size was developed to investigate mechanism of burr formation and burr minimization. The flowstress of the workpiece and backup material are taken as a function of strain, strain-rate and temperature. Temperature-dependent material properties are also considered. The Cockroft-Latham damage criterion has been adopted to simulate ductile fracture. The crack initiation and propagation is simulated by deleting the mesh element. The result shows putting a backup material behind the edge of the workpiece is an effective way to minimize the burr size. The effects of cutting condition, temperature and different backup material properties on the burr formation and burr size can be investigated using the developed finite element model. This model could be useful in the search for optimal tool geometry and cutting condition for burr minimization and for the modeling of a burr formation mechanism.