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Pocket Milling with Tool Engagement Detection



Thomas R. Kramer


This paper presents an algorithm for generating a tool path for cutting a pocket with islands, which includes detecting when the tool is certain to be making a minimal engagement cut. Minimal engagement is defined as the amount of engagement present in peripheral milling of a flat side face of a workpiece in a straight line with constant stepover. Feed rates and spindle speeds are reset by the algorithm when machining conditions change from a minimal engagement cut to any other type of cut or vice versa.
Journal of Manufacturing Systems


automated manufacturing, numerical control, algorithm, machining, milling, NC-program, pocket, tool path


Kramer, T. (1992), Pocket Milling with Tool Engagement Detection, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, [online], (Accessed July 13, 2024)


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Created June 1, 1992, Updated February 17, 2017