The turning of thin-walled components is a challenging process due to the flexibility of the parts. On one hand, static deflection due to the cutting forces causes geometrical and dimensional errors, while unstable vibration (i.e., chatter) could compromise surface quality. In this work, a method for fixturing optimization for thin-walled components in turning is proposed. Starting from workpiece geometry and toolpath, workpiece deflections and system dynamics are predicted by means of an efficient finite element modeling approach. By analyzing the different clamping configurations, a method to find the most effective solution to guarantee the required tolerances and stable cutting conditions is developed. The proposed method was tested as a case study, showing its application and achievable results.
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