Aluminum alloy (Al6061) is a common material used in the ultraprecision area. It can be machined with a good surface finish by single-point diamond turning (SPDT). Due to the material being relatively soft, it is difficult to apply post-processing techniques such as ultraprecision lapping and ultraprecision polishing, as they may scratch the diamond-turned surface. As a result, a novel low-pressure lapping method was developed by our team to reduce the surface roughness. In this study, a finite element model was developed to simulate the mechanism of this novel lapping technology. The simulation results were compared with the experimental results so as to gain a better understanding of the lapping mechanism.
- ultraprecision lapping