Characterization of Cutting Edge Radius of a Single Crystal Diamond Tool by Atomic Force Microscopy
Single crystal diamond (SCD) is the ideal tool material in ultra-precision machining because of its high hardness, wear resistance, chemical stability, and the ability to sharpen the cutting edge in nanometers. The sub-micron level in the cutting edge profile could affect the accuracy of the fabricated surfaces, since cutting edge radii strongly influence the specific cutting energy, cutting forces, cutting temperature, residual stress in the workpiece. Therefore, cutting edge profile of an SCD tool should be checked periodically. The measurements of cutting edge radii of SCD tools are very difficult because of their geometric features (angles, radius... etc) and their dimensions in the nanometric level. This paper deals with various methods of cutting edge characterization of SCD tool by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The change to measurement of the cutting edge radii has been done based on the methodology of the least square circle fit over cutting edge radius with error minimization in the calculation and determined iteratively.
KeywordsAtomic force microscope (AFM) Single crystal diamond tool (SCD) Cutting edge radius Least square method (LSM)
The authors gratefully acknowledge the support and grant provided for this work by the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), India via project no. 34/14/06/2015/BRNS.
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