Development of a virtual machining and inspection system for ultra-precision diamond turning

Wing Bun Lee, Chi Fai Cheung, J. G. Li, Suet To, J. J. Du, Z. Q. Yin

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The conventional approach to establish optimal processing conditions in ultraprecision diamond turning is empirical in nature. The achievement of a super mirror finish and submicrometre form accuracy in many current industrial applications still depends much on the experience and skills of the machine operators through trial cutting tests when new materials or new machine tools are used. In this paper, a virtual machining and inspection system (VMIS) is presented for ultra-precision diamond turning. The development of the VMIS aims at creating a virtual manufacturing environment for the optimization of process parameters and evaluating the quality of machined surface through various modelbased simulation modules. The VMIS is validated through a series of practical cutting tests conducted on a two-axis computer numerical control ultra-precision turning machine. The experimental results agree well with the simulated data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1174
Number of pages22
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2007


  • Error compensation
  • Optimization
  • Ultra-precision diamond turning
  • Virtual inspection
  • Virtual manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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