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Coating of Ultra-Small Micro End Mills: Analysis of Performance and Suitability of Eight Different Hard-Coatings

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Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Production Systems, University of Kaiserslautern, Gottlieb-Daimler-Str., 67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Institute for Surface and Thin Film Analysis IFOS GmbH, Trippstadter Straße 120, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Working Group Materials Testing, University of Kaiserslautern, Gottlieb-Daimler-Str., 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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J. Manuf. Mater. Process. 2018, 2(2), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmmp2020022
Received: 26 February 2018 / Revised: 16 March 2018 / Accepted: 22 March 2018 / Published: 29 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Precision Manufacturing)
Due to the constant need for better functionalized surfaces or smaller, function integrated components, precise and efficient manufacturing processes have to be established. Micro milling with micro end mills is one of the most promising processes for this task as it combines a high geometric flexibility in a wide range of machinable materials with low set-up costs. A downside of this process is the wear of the micro end mills. Due to size effects and the relatively low cutting speed, the cutting edge is especially subjected to massive abrasive wear. One possibility to minimize this wear is coating of micro end mills. This research paper describes the performance of eight different hard coatings for micro end mills with a diameter <40 µm and discusses some properties for the best performing coating type. With this research, it is therefore possible to boost the possibilities of micro milling for the manufacture of next generation products. View Full-Text
Keywords: micro milling; micro end mill; tool coating micro milling; micro end mill; tool coating
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Bohley, M.; Reichenbach, I.G.; Kieren-Ehses, S.; Heberger, L.; Arrabiyeh, P.A.; Merz, R.; Böhme, L.; Hering, J.; Kirsch, B.; Kopnarski, M.; Kerscher, E.; Von Freymann, G.; Aurich, J.C. Coating of Ultra-Small Micro End Mills: Analysis of Performance and Suitability of Eight Different Hard-Coatings. J. Manuf. Mater. Process. 2018, 2, 22.

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