Cutting Insert Wear Analysis Using Industry 4.0

  • Tomas ProkesEmail author
  • Katerina Mouralova
  • Jiri Kovar
  • Radim Zahradnicek
  • Ondrej Andrs
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 644)


Thread whirling technology is a compromise between surface quality and machining productivity. Grinding technology can be replaced in the production process by turning. The aim of this study is to analyze the wear of a cubic boron nitride tool used for machining ball screws by visualization in a virtual reality environment. Using electron microscopy, contactless profilometer and atomic force microscope, data were obtained in detail describing the topography and morphology of the surface of the blade fracture which allowed the generation of a 3D model of a worn cutting tool for display in CAVE (virtual reality). Due to the detailed analysis, the problem of machining has been determined, namely the low cutting speed. The whole process of optimization has been accelerated by virtual reality that has enabled the measured data to be displayed at one point and in one place.


Virtual reality Ball screw Wear of cutting tool Machining Topography of surface Industry 4.0 



This work is an output of research and scientific activities of NETME Centre, supported through project NETME CENTRE PLUS (LO1202) by financial means from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports “National Sustainability Programme I”.

The article was supported by project no. FEKT-S-17-3934, Utilization of novel findings in micro and nanotechnologies for complex electronic circuits and sensor applications.

This research work was supported by the BUT, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno, Specific research 2016, with the grant “Research of modern production technologies for specific applications”, FSI-S-16-3717 and technical support of Intemac Solutions, Ltd., Kurim.

The article was supported by KSK Precise Motion, a.s.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomas Prokes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Katerina Mouralova
    • 2
  • Jiri Kovar
    • 1
  • Radim Zahradnicek
    • 3
  • Ondrej Andrs
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Manufacturing TechnologyUniversity of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Production Systems and Virtual Reality, Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Microelectronics, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and CommunicationUniversity of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic

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