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Post-processing algorithm of a five-axis machine tool with dual rotary tables based on the TCS method


In order to solve the problem of post-processing of a five-axis machine tool with dual rotary tables from workpiece coordinate system to machine tool coordinate system, the paper proposes a solution method namely Two Circle Spherical method (referred to as TCS); the method provides explicit physical geometric meanings for rotation angles of a five-axis machine tool. It is suitable for the post-processing of a five-axis machine tool. The integral impeller was taken as a post-processing case, and the correctness and efficiency of the TCS post-processing algorithm are verified by case calculation, Vericut software simulation, and the actual numerical control (NC) machining experiments; compared with the traditional post-processing algorithm, the superiority of TCS algorithm is verified.

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The authors would like to thank the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51275147) and the Important National Science & Technology Specific Projects (Grant No. 2012ZX04001021) for their support in this research.

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Yu, DY., Ding, Z. Post-processing algorithm of a five-axis machine tool with dual rotary tables based on the TCS method. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 102, 3937–3944 (2019).

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  • TCS
  • Post-processing
  • Linearization
  • Feedrate optimization
  • Reverse kinematics