Fast-tool-servo micro-grooving freeform surfaces with embedded metrology

Zhen Tong, Wenbin Zhong, Suet To, Wenhan Zeng

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To improve machining capability of diamond turning of hierarchical structured surfaces, fast-tool-servo (FTS) turning using a sharp point diamond cutting tool (tool tip width <30 µm) is proposed to generate micro grooves on freeform surfaces. An embedded measurement probe is employed to improve the tool alignment accuracy and also to realise on-machine surface measurement (OMSM) of FTS machined surfaces before surface micro-grooving. A self-developed controller board is used to collect and synchronise all signals between the machine tool, FTS controller and measurement system. The feasibility of the proposed method is demonstrated through successfully generating micro grooves on freeform lens array and an Alvarez lens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-508
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Cutting
  • Diamond tool
  • Surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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