Tool Path Planning for Reconfigurable Machines
All process elements of a reconfigurable manufacturing system should accommodate future changes. This paper looks at one such process element, tool paths, with focus on face milling and pocket milling. Tool paths for the first part are designed to optimize the process outcomes for the initial constraints. Change in market conditions or part design leading to change in cycle time requirements, geometry or complexity of the part, are met using incremental tool paths. Changes in cycle time are achieved by changing the feedrate and tool diameter. Changes in part design are tackled by modifying tool path segments. This system would provide a quick turn around time, less testing and quicker ramp up.