Tap-testing and generating stability lobe diagrams have been the standard technique used by machining researchers at universities and large manufacturing plants for milling optimization. Their widespread adoption has not take place, primarily due to their complexity.
Stability Lobe Diagrams are being substituted with new Tool Dashboards that are both interactive and intuitive to use. With no special knowledge of chatter or mechanical vibrations, a programmer or machinist can quickly try an unlimited number of speed, feed and depth of cut combinations of a tool assembly with instant feedback as to its stability, power usage, surface accuracy and finish. All relevant calculations and conversions are available on the Dashboard. Multiple tools can be compared or tried in multiple machines with accurate predictions BEFORE a cut is made. Eliminates the need of trial and error test cuts. Develops first time right part programs and enables more accurate bidding.
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