At the present time micro-drills with planar point geometry are prevalent in industrial practice. Unfortunately, they possess a number of undesired characteristics and limitations that influence their performance in terms of hole quality and tool life. To resolve the problems of planar micro-drills, this paper focuses on issues related to micro-drill point geometry (including the flank and flute) and presents a framework for a technology, built around a computer integrated system, for the design, manufacture, and evaluation of drills in general and of a new generation of micro-drills with curved helical point and flute geometry in particular. It is expected that this technology will support the rapid development of new customized micro-drills to meet specific manufacturing requirements.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Science Applications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering