Tool path planning for 3½½-axis machining
by Armando Roman, Sanjeev Bedi, Fathy Ismail
International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR), Vol. 1, No. 2, 2006

Abstract: 3½½-axis machining combines the flexibility of orientation offered by five-axis machines with the ease of programming offered by three-axis machines. In 3½½-axis machining the surface is divided into patches and the tool orientation is locked during the cutting of each patch. These regions or patches can be machined separately using a different tool orientation and feed direction. This paper presents improvements in the partitioning scheme and a method for determining an optimal tool direction and feed direction for each patch. Three different types of surface are utilised in this study, along with actual machining experiments. The results are compared to traditional three-axis machining and simultaneous five-axis machining.

Online publication date: Wed, 22-Nov-2006

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Manufacturing Research (IJMR):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email