In FlexiSTAT, a CAM module was developed for process planning activities in simultaneous three axis turning. The CAM module can be used by end users on state-of-the-art computers to control the third axis and to generate a fully automatic three axis turning tool path. For this, in a first step, the CAM module generates a tool path which is optimal in terms of machining results but might also lead to a collision between tool and workpiece. Afterwards, a specially developed algorithm identifies possible collisions and gradually adapts the tool path without influencing the machining results. Thereby, a tool path is fully automatically generated for arbitrary workpieces and tool geometries. Consequently, the tool path enables a collision-free process and ensures optimized machining results.
Example of tool path planning by the developed CAM-System