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WORKING WITH HIGH-SPEED MACHINING CAM strategies to optimise HSM

Feb 28, 2022

Although high-speed machining (HSM) has been around for quite some time now, up-to-date CAM systems are making headway to be of an advantage to manufacturers to program parts more quickly and benefit from their machine tools to the maximum. As CAM technology is making advances today, it helps meet definite needs for new tool path action plans to meet the requirements of the HSM environment. The article talks about why it’s critical that the CAM system employed is appropriate for HSM, how, in order to work with high-speed machining, a CAM system must keep a consistent chip load, limit feed rate misfortunes & expand program handling speed and how the CAM system might be needed to yield tool paths fitting to HSM controls equipped for running NURBS-based G-code, in order to defeat data starvation. - Shyam Gupta, VP – Product, Lincode

High-speed machining (HSM) is an advanced and emerging machining strategy, applied generally to machine complex parts with high productivity, improved quality, sustainability and economy. HSM can directly machine parts by applying high shaft speeds with which a high time-chip volume is achieved without compromising machining accuracy or quality. This, in turn, limits the requirement for flash disintegration and hand-wrapping up. A genuine HSM machine apparatus has shaft velocities of 30,000 - 100,000 RPM, yet different sorts of machine instruments can be headed to accomplish higher axle speeds along these lines. The consequence of this is an expansion in assembling expertise and a diminished chance to advertise. The term ‘high-speed machining’ commonly alludes to processing machining at undeniable degrees of rotational speed, feed rate, as well as material removal rate. High-speed machining technology, at times, employs high cycles per minute (rpm) rates and has a slight advantage over essentially increased feed rates. Hence, high-speed machining is appropriate for supplanting a current machining process with expanded adaptability and productivity.

For quite a long time, the machining optimisation in high-speed machining has acquired extraordinary interest among industrials. This interest is because of the manufacturing significance in HSM of tools and moulds most frequently used in industrial fields. The high-speed machining of intricate shapes permits the expulsion of the maximum amount of material in the minimum amount of time. To further develop the manufacturing process in cost, time and quality, HSM can be an apt choice. Two central issues that ought to be considered when we begin choosing the machining parameters are the minimisation of the machining time and keeping up with the high-speed machining machine in a good state. The manufacturing strategy is one of the parameters which impacts the time of the different geometrical forms of manufacturing, just as the actual machine. The emptying out of an intricate structure pocket, in view of a computer-assisted design model, passes through the generation of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) procedure machining trajectory. To guarantee the most ideal exhibitions, concerning quality and usefulness, it’s important to incorporate the best number of imperatives and peculiarities during the generation of the machining trajectories.

High-speed machining & CAM

CAM employs programming and computer-controlled machinery to automate a manufacturing process. Although high-speed machining has been around for some time now, current CAM systems keep on developing to support manufacturers with programming parts quickly and capitalise on their machine tools. It’s critical that the CAM system employed is appropriate for HSM, and furthermore for machining with carbide-embedded cutters. A CAM system that produces poor toolpaths can bring about diminished feed rates, decreased cutter life and low quality of finish, adding to the requirement for polishing. In short, there are extra costs that can be kept away from. CAM innovation is advancing today to meet the particular requirements for new tool path strategies to suit the HSM environment. The objective is to complete the process to net shape, work on surface finish and geometrical precision so that polishing can be reduced or dropped.

To work with high-speed machining, a CAM system must keep a consistent chip load, limit feed rate misfortunes and expand program handling speed. The challenge to the CAM system is to make passes with tiny stepovers at extremely high feed rates. What’s more, this should be cultivated without constraining the tool to make sharp turns because the look-ahead features of HSM controls will consequently decrease the feed rate when they identify a corner drawing closer. Furthermore, to defeat data starvation – which will likewise weaken feed rate – the CAM system might be needed to yield tool paths fitting to HSM controls equipped for running NURBS-based G-code. To accomplish close net shape while roughing, the CAM programming must get what changes in surface topology happen between the layers of down-steps. Smart machining is the way a CAM system machines the between layers of material. By roughing as such, regularly, the semi-finish pass might be crossed out, saving money on machine time and tool wear.

Smart machining

Smart machining is a feature that plans to produce a clever, upgraded tool path. Its functionality can include choices for analysing data between Z layers – including HSM feed connections, slope control machining and geometry identification. Smart machining may, likewise, incorporate helical ramping functionality. This is used for pocket machining. The helical ramping function decides helical movement in view of entry angle and geometry. This function is most significant when the tool arrives at a closed region of the workpiece. It can make the cut shorter and safer by crossing out air cutting due to fitting the tool path to the geometry of the enclosed feature.

5-axis high-speed machining

Inside the fields of automotive and aeronautics, 5-axis High Speed Machining (5-HSM) is a competitive process for the elaboration of sculptured surfaces these days. The objective is to obtain a part that respects the geometrical specifications regarding given productivity criteria. The 5-HSM process consists of different activities characterising a computerised or digital chain, the definition of a CAD model, generation of the tool trajectory from the CAD model (CAM activity), the transformation of the data (post-processing activity), driving & monitoring of the process, etc. Numerous technological challenges can be featured at each phase of the digital chain. The CAM activity consists of working out the trajectory of the tool tip from the CAD model. The outcome should be an impact-free trajectory with optimised tool/surface positioning to ensure the congruity of the part as for the necessary quality.

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  • Shyam Gupta

    VP – Product

    Lincode

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