Development of Simulation Technology for 5-Axis Machines – Verification of Material Removal Model and Collision Avoidance –
Masaaki Kanamaru*, Norio Sakai**, Akinobu Goto***, and Tomoya Hida****
*Aikoku Alpha Corporation, Morikami, Sobue, Inazawa, Aichi, Japan
**Manufacturing Software Development Group, Department of MS Division, Aikoku Alpha Corporation
***Production Engineering Group, Department of AP Division, Aikoku Alpha Corporation
****European Aikoku Alpha Ltd., 1000 Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9HH U.K.
The 5-axis machine has now been in existence for over 40 years. Its original applications, once use limited to areas such as aerospace, have dramatically expanded to fields ranging from automobiles to the molding industry as new versions of the machine such as multitasking appeared. Its application technology continues to lag behind progress with the 5-axis machine, however, and problems remain in practical use. To resolve these issues, we have developed simulation software called G-Navi using our machining experience. We focus on the simulation of material removal and machine movement and discuss the effectiveness of solid simulation. We analyze the elements required for simulation and discuss projected issues.