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Chapter 26 Advanced machining processes and Nanofabrication Introduction Chemical machining Electro chemical machining Electrical discharge machining Wire EDM Laser beam machining Electron-beam machining and plasma-arc cutting Water-jet machining Abrasive-jet machining

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chapter 26
Chapter 26

Advanced machining

processes and Nanofabrication

  • Chemical machining
  • Electro chemical machining
  • Electrical discharge machining
  • Wire EDM
  • Laser beam machining
  • Electron-beam machining and plasma-arc cutting
  • Water-jet machining
  • Abrasive-jet machining
  • Nanofabrication
  • Micro machining
  • Economics of advanced machining process
Situations where processes are not satisfactory, economical or even possible
  • High hardness and the strength of the material
  • Work-piece too flexible
  • Complex shape
  • Surface finish and dimensional tolerances
  • Undesirable Temperature rise and dimensional tolerances
examples of parts made by advanced machining processes
Examples of parts made by advanced Machining Processes

Fig : Examples of parts made by advanced machining processes. These parts are made by advanced machining processes and would be difficult or uneconomical to manufacture by conventional processes. (a) Cutting sheet metal with a laser beam.(b) Microscopic gear with a diameter on the order of 100µm, made by a special etching process.

chemical machining
Chemical machining

Chemical attacks metals and etch them by removing small amounts of material from the surface using reagents or etchants

Fig : (a) Missile skin-panel section contoured by chemical milling to improve the stiffness-to weight ratio of the part. (b) Weight reduction of space launch vehicles by chemical milling aluminum-alloy plates. These panels are chemically milled after the plates have first been formed into shape by processes such as roll forming or stretch forming. The design of the chemically machined rib patterns can be modified readily at minimal cost.

Chemical milling:
  • Shallow cavities produced on plates, sheets, forgings, and extrusions

Procedure for chemical milling Steps :

1 – Residual stresses should relieved in order to prevent warping

2 – Surfaces to be thoroughly degreased and cleaned

3 - Masking material(tapes,paints,elastomers & plastics ) is applied

4 – masking is peeled off by scribe and peel technique

5 – The exposed surfaces are etched with etchants

6 – After machining the parts to be thoroughly washed to prevent further reactions with residue etchant

7 – rest of the masking material is removed and the part is cleaned and inspected

8 – additional finishing operations are performed on chemically milled parts

9 – this sequence is repeated to produce stepped cavities and various contours

Process capabilities:
  • Chemical milling used in the aerospace industry
  • Tank capacities for reagents are as large as 3.7m x15m
  • Process also used for micro electronic devices
  • Surface damage may result due to preferential etching and intergranular attack

Chemical blanking:

  • Chemical blanking is similar to chemical milling
  • Material is removed by chemical dissolution rather than by shearing
  • Burr free etching of printed-circuit boards, decorative panels, thin sheet metal stampings as well as production of small and complex shapes
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Chemical Machining

Fig : (a) Schematic illustration of the chemical machining process. Note that no forces or machine tools are involved in this process. (b) Stages in producing a profiled cavity by machining; not the undercut.

Photochemical blanking :
  • Modification of chemical milling
  • Material removed from flat thin sheet by photographic techniques
steps for photochemical blanking
Steps for photochemical blanking
  • Design is prepared at a magnification of 100x
  • Photographic negative is reduced to the size of finished part
  • Sheet blank is coated with photosensitive material (Emulsion)
  • Negative placed over coated blank and exposed to ultra violet light which hardens the exposed area
  • Blank is developed which dissolves the exposed areas
  • Blank is then immersed into a bath of reagent or sprayed with the reagent which etches away the exposed areas
  • The masking material is removed and the part is washed thoroughly to remove all chemical residues
design considerations
Design considerations
  •  Designs involving sharp corners,deep & narrow cavities, severe tapers or porous work piece should be avoided
  • Undercuts may be developed because etchant attacks both in horizontal and vertical direction
  • To improve production rate the bulk of the work piece should be shaped by other machining process priorly
  • Dimensional variations can occur ,this can be minimized by proper selection of artwork media by controlling the environment
  • Many product designs are now made with computer aided design
electro chemical machining
Electro Chemical Machining

Fig : Schematic illustration of the electrochemical-machining process. This process is the reverse of electroplating.

electrochemical machining
Electrochemical machining
  • This process is reversal of the electro plating
  • Electrolyte acts as current carrier
  • High rate of electrolyte movement in tool work piece gap washes metal ions away from the work piece ( ANODE)
  • This is washed just before they have a chance to plate on the tool ( cathode)
  • Shaped tool made of brass , copper , bronze , or stainless steel
  • Electrolyte is pumped at a high rate through the passages in the tool
  • Machines having current capacities as high as 40,000 A and as low as 5A are available
parts made by electrochemical machining
Parts made by Electrochemical Machining

Fig : Typical parts made by electrochemical machining. (a) Turbine blade made of a nickel alloy, 360 HB; note the shape of the electrode on the right. (b) Thin slots on a 4340-steel roller-bearing cage. (c) Integral airfoils on a compressor disk.

process capabilities
Process capabilities
  • Used to machine complex cavities in high strength material
  • Applications in aerospace industry,jet engines parts and nozzles
  • ECM process gives a burr free surface
  • No thermal damage
  • Lack of tool forces prevents distortion of the part
  • No tool wear
  • Capable of producing complex shapes and hard materials
biomedical implant
Biomedical Implant

Fig : (a) Two total knee replacement systems showing metal implants (top pieces) with an ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene insert (bottom pieces) (b) Cross-section of the ECM process as applied to the metal implant.

Design considerations for Electrochemical Machining
  • Electrolyte erodes sharp surfaces and profiles so not suited for sharp edges
  • Irregular cavities may not be produced to the desired shape with acceptable dimensional accuracy
  • Designs should make provisions for small taper for holes and cavities to be machined

Pulsed electro chemical machining(PECM)

  • Refinement of ECM
  • Uses pulsed rather than direct
  • Improves fatigue life, eliminates recast layer left on die and mold surfaces by electrical discharge machining
  • Very high current densities, but the current is
Electrochemical Grinding

Combines electrochemical machining with conventional grinding

Fig : Schematic illustration of the electrochemical – grinding process. (b) Thin slot produced on a round nickel – alloy tube by this process.

electrical discharge machining
Electrical-Discharge Machining

(a) (b) (c)

Fig : (a) Schematic illustration of the electrical-discharge machining process. This is one of the most widely used machining processes, particularly for die-sinking operations. (b) Examples of cavities produced by the electrical-discharge machining process, using shaped electrodes. Two round parts (rear) are the set of dies for extruding the aluminum the aluminum piece shown in front. (c) A spiral cavity produced by ECM using a slowly rotating electrode, similar to a screw thread.

examples of edm
Examples of EDM

Fig : Stepped cavities produced with a square electrode by the EDM process. The workpiece moves in the two principal horizontal directions (x-y), and its motion is synchronized with the downward movement of the electrode to produce these cavities. Also shown is a round electrode capable of producing round or elliptical cavities.

Fig : Schematic illustration of producing an inner cavity by EDM, using a specially designed electrode with a hinged tip, which is slowly opened and rotated to produce the large cavity.

wire edm

Fig : (a) Schematic illustration of the wire EDM process. As much as 50 hours of machining can be performed with one reel of wire, which is then discarded. (b) Cutting a thick plate with wire EDM. (c) A computer-controlled wire EDM machine.

laser beam machining
Laser Beam Machining

Fig : (a) Schematic illustration of the laser-beam machining process. (b) and (c) Examples of holes produced in nonmetallic parts by LBM.

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Laser-Beam Machining

Fig : Schematic illustration of the electron-beam machining process. Unlike LBM, this process requires a vacuum, so workpiece size is limited to the size is limited to the size of the vacuum chamber.

water jet machining
Water Jet Machining

Fig : (a) Schematic illustration of water-jet machining. (b) A computer-controlled, water-jet cutting machine cutting a granite plate. (c) Example of various nonmetallic parts produced by the water-jet cutting process.

abrasive jet machining
Abrasive Jet Machining

Fig : Schematic illustration of Abrasive Jet Machining


Fig : (a) A scanning electron microscope view of a diamond-tipped (triangular piece at the right) cantilever used with the atomic force microscope. The diamond tip is attached to the end of the cantilever with an adhesive. (b) Scratches produced on a surface by the diamond tip under different forces. Note the extremely small size of the scratches.