The paper presents the evaluation of the drillability characteristics of the Ti6Al4 V titanium alloy produced through the Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology called Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Holes of 1.6 mm diameter were drilled on a 5-axis high-precision micro-milling machine under dry cutting conditions at varying cutting speed and feed rate. A specific measurement procedure was developed to quantify and compare the most representative geometrical features (diameter and perpendicularity) of the machined holes as well as the quantification of burrs. The influence of the AM material on the geometrical quality of high precision holes is discussed, taking into account the requirements of the following threading operations. Finally, thread milling experiments were carried out to prove the threading feasibility and performances based on the previous drilling experiments. From the results within the tested range of cutting conditions, the lowest values of the cutting speed and feed rate seem to be the best trade-off for achieving the required hole quality.

Micro-drilling and Threading of the Ti6Al4 v Titanium Alloy Produced through Additive Manufacturing

RYSAVA, ZDENKA;BRUSCHI, STEFANIA;CARMIGNATO, SIMONE;MEDEOSSI, FABRIZIO;SAVIO, ENRICO;ZANINI, FILIPPO
2016

Abstract

The paper presents the evaluation of the drillability characteristics of the Ti6Al4 V titanium alloy produced through the Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology called Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Holes of 1.6 mm diameter were drilled on a 5-axis high-precision micro-milling machine under dry cutting conditions at varying cutting speed and feed rate. A specific measurement procedure was developed to quantify and compare the most representative geometrical features (diameter and perpendicularity) of the machined holes as well as the quantification of burrs. The influence of the AM material on the geometrical quality of high precision holes is discussed, taking into account the requirements of the following threading operations. Finally, thread milling experiments were carried out to prove the threading feasibility and performances based on the previous drilling experiments. From the results within the tested range of cutting conditions, the lowest values of the cutting speed and feed rate seem to be the best trade-off for achieving the required hole quality.
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