Automated surface subdivision and tool path generation for 3½½-axis CNC machining of sculptured parts

@article{Chen2003AutomatedSS,
  title={Automated surface subdivision and tool path generation for 3½½-axis CNC machining of sculptured parts},
  author={Zezhong C. Chen and Zuomin Dong and Geoffrey W. Vickers},
  journal={Computers in Industry},
  year={2003},
  volume={50},
  pages={319-331}
}
As an innovative and cost-effective method for carrying out multiple-axis CNC machining, 3 1 2 1 2 -axis CNC machining technique adds an automatic indexing/rotary table with two additional discrete rotations to a regular 3-axis CNC machine, to improve its ability and efficiency for machining complex sculptured parts. In this work, a new tool path generation method to automatically subdivide a complex sculptured surface into a number of easy-to-machine surface patches; identify the favorable… CONTINUE READING
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