Study of sudden tool failure in micro electro discharge milling

Murali M. Sundaram, Yu Liu, K. P. Rajurkar, Fuling Zhao

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Micro electro discharge milling (MED milling) is a spark erosion method capable of micromachining prismatic and complex shapes using simple non-profiled tool. Tool wear poses major hurdle in the development of MED milling. This paper discusses the types of tool wear in MED milling and analyses factors causing exfoliation and sudden failure of micro tool. Process simulation of MED milling suggests using less viscous dielectric fluid, lower tool rotational speed and higher discharge gap to reduce the chances of unpredictable tool failure in MED milling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-134
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • MED milling
  • Micro EDM
  • Micro electro discharge milling
  • Tool wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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