Single controlled axis lathe mill
Authors: Manos, Nick; Bedi, Sanjeev; Miller, Dan; Mann, Stephen
Source: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 32, Numbers 1-2, February 2007 , pp. 55-65(11)
Abstract:This work presents a method for machining complex three-dimensional surfaces using only one axis of controlled motion for positioning a cutting tool on a specially designed numerically controlled (NC) machine. This single controlled axis lathe is configured like a lathe, but is used to produce complex sculptured surfaces out of wood. This is accomplished by mechanically linking two axes of motion to produce a fixed helical footprint of a tool path with constant step-over distance. As the linked axes are rotated, their location is measured by an encoder and passed directly to a personal computer (PC). Software running on the PC determines the depth of the computer-controlled axis. The depth information is used to control the depth axis. Several test pieces have been machined out of cedar for evaluating the method.
Document Type: Research Article
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Publication date: 2007-02-01