The Effects of Computer Aided Tool Path Generation Methods on the Machining Times and the Surface Roughness in Machining of a Mold Core and a Mold Cavity


MERT F., ULUER O., GÜLDAŞ A., ÖZDEMİR A.

JOURNAL OF POLYTECHNIC-POLITEKNIK DERGISI, no.3, pp.215-227, 2008 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Computer Aided Engineering softwares are very important tools for designing and manufacturing of the cores and the cavities. In this study, four softwares such as Catia, Cimatron, Pro-Engineer and Unigraphics which are well known in the industrial applications were used. The 3D face geometry of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is manufactured as a core and a cavity taking into consideration of the first roughing, second roughing and finishing steps respectively. The cores and the cavities were manufactured using the six different tool path strategies such as zig zag, contour parallel, part parallel, trochoidal, radial and spiral. According to simulated and applied machining times and the surface roughness values, it is determined that the most appropriate tool path is contour parallel.