The Project Goal
This project aims to develop, improve, and commercialize a multi-sensory Smart Cutting Tool capable of measuring and monitoring vibration, force, temperature, and acoustic emission. Nodes located on both the tool and the machine’s platform will collect information and feedback from the Smart Cutting Tool. This will allow manufacturers of advanced aeronautics and hydraulic components to improve existing production technologies and maximize efficiency while ensuring product quality.
This project will directly impact the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine industry and scientific applications.
For industry, intelligent tooling will allow for continuous feedback to streamline machine operations. This process will help reduce waste, allow for cost savings, and minimize re-tooling. The different types of machines that fall under the CNC title perform functions that include lathes, milling, cutting, drilling, lasers, grinding, winding, and welding machines.
Scientific pursuits will also benefit by having access to specific time and position data from the sensors that could advance research and development capabilities for many industries.