Development and Application of a Micro-Honing-Tool
The major aim of this study is to present a novel technique for honing the micro-hole. It is difficult that regarding the finish machining of the micro-hole that the diameter is less than 300 m. First, a new process that to on-line accurately fabricate the micro-honing-tool using micro-EDM, micro-co-deposition and micro-wire-EDM is proposed for honing the micro-hole. A micro rod for as the substrate of the micro-tool is formed by wire-EDM and then co-deposited with 0-2 m CBN-abrasives. Subsequently, it is axially and crisscross cut for an appropriate length by micro-wire-EDM to make the crotched microstructure. The whole processes are able to be on-line realized since all working positions are recorded in detail and fabrication technologies are offered sufficiently on the same system. As a result, per the same fabrication-system, the micro-honing process is also on-line conducted. The finished micro-honing-tool is employed directly without unloaded and reloaded. The grinding-block can compactly stick on the wall surface of the micro-hole due to the radial elasticity of the micro-tool and then fast grind away the uneven surface by removal of micro amount. Experimental results demonstrated that the circularity and surface roughness on the hole-wall is evidently improved. Comparing with the obtained machining surface by micro-EDM hole-drilling, the original surface roughness of near one-sixth time can be achieved. It is indicated that the micro-hole can be honed accurately using the proposed technique.
Han Huang, Liangchi Zhang, Jun Wang, Zhengyi Jiang, Libo Zhou, Xipeng Xu and Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa
S. T. Chen and M. C. Yeh, "Development and Application of a Micro-Honing-Tool", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 76-78, pp. 189-194, 2009