A New Tool-Path Generation Algorithm for Sculptured Surface Using Taper-Cutter
In 3-axis NC machining, most algorithms of the sculptured surface tool-path generation are valid for ball-cutter, and the axes are designed to realize pure translation. A tool-path generation algorithm using taper-cuter is proposed in this article. And one axis of the 3-axis NC tool machine is designed to realize swing motion. The Stereo Lithography (STL) model is the most popular triangular mesh approximation of the 3D surface model. Considering the special swing mechanical and taper-cutter, arc-zigzag tool-path planning and deform Z-map grid methods are proposed, which incorporate triangular vertexes method and the Z-map method. Finally, some simulation and experiment results are provided.
Kai Cheng, Yingxue Yao and Liang Zhou
L. C. Fan et al., "A New Tool-Path Generation Algorithm for Sculptured Surface Using Taper-Cutter", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 10-12, pp. 308-311, 2008