Effects of laser-textured on rake face in turning PCD tools for Ti6Al4V
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Author/sFernández-Lucio, P.; Villarón-Osorno, I.; Pereira Neto, O.; Ukar, E.; López de Lacalle, L.N.; [et al.]
The demand inherent to the aeronautical industry in terms of productivity and quality requirements leads to develop new cutting tools. Hence, PCD tools meet the requirements in productivity while machining low machinability aeronautical alloys such as Ti6Al4V. Tool chipbreakers play a considerable role in terms of tool life. However, due to the extreme conditions (temperature and pressure) required to manufacture PCD tools, any complex geometry on tool rake faces is not viable, so chipbreakers are not possible, except for those external to inserts. This work proposes a groove-type laser engraved chipbreaker design and a manufacturing methodology, with experimental validation on turning a Ti6Al4V workpiece. The so-manufactured chipbreakers achieve titanium alloy chip fragmentation, making easy chip removal from the cutting zone. A set of experiments involving various laser parameters to characterize the PCD depth and surface integrity and experimental validation for those chipbreakers ...