- Conference date: 21–23 September 2011
- Location: Cadiz, Spain
A very current technique in the research field of machining by material removal is the use of simulations using the Finite Element Method (FEM). Nevertheless, and although is widely used in processes that allows approximations to orthogonal cutting, such as shaping, is scarcely used in more complexes processes, such as milling. This fact is due principally to the complex geometry of the cutting tools in these processes, and the need to realize the studi es in an oblique cutting configuration. This paper shows a methodology for the geometrical characterization of commercial endmill cutting tools, by the extraction of the cutting tool contour, making use of optical metrology, and using this geometry to model the active cutting zone with a 3D CAD software. This model is easily exportable to different CAD formats, such as IGES or STEP, and importable from FEM software, where is possible to study the behavior in service of the same ones.
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