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Efficient high-speed cornering motions based on continuously-variable feedrates. II. Implementation and performance analysis

  • Author(s): Nittler, KM
  • Farouki, RT
  • et al.

A novel high-speed cornering strategy for piecewise-linear motions is proposed, based on the G2 continuous Pythagorean–hodograph (PH) rounding segments and continuously-variable feedrates described in Part I of this two-part paper. This strategy employs an acceleration-limited approach to feedrate scheduling, including smooth deceleration and acceleration profiles along linear segments entering and leaving the rounded segments. A G-code part program parsing software package has been developed, that automatically identifies toolpath corners and inserts appropriately-sized PH quintic corner rounding segments, with associated feedrate suppression ratios. The method has been tested on a three-axis CNC mill with an open-architecture controller incorporating real-time interpolators that realize smoothly varying feedrates along the PH corner curves. Tests on a representative selection of toolpaths yield substantial savings (up to 40 %) in execution times, compared to the traditional “full stop” strategy for unmodified sharp corners.

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