Springer Nature is making Coronavirus research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

Functional check test for high-speed milling centres of up to five axes


This paper offers a system for checking three or five axes high-speed machining centres by milling a sample sphere pattern. Using the right choice of toolpath, it is possible to check and compare the performance which the centre is capable of following. The main features under study here are ease of use and the great amount of information that can be drawn regarding high-speed machine performances, including the geometrical precision of the machine and tool setup for the chosen machining conditions.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. 1.

    Choi JP, Lee S-J, Kwon H-D (2003) Roundness error prediction with a volumetric error model including spindle error motions of a machine tool. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 21:923–928

  2. 2.

    Hong S-W, Shin Y-J, Lee Hu-Sang (1997) An efficient method for identification of motion error sources from circular test results in nc machines. Int J Mach Tools Manufact 37:327–340

  3. 3.

    Sharif Uddin M, Ibaraki S, Matsubara A, Matsushita T (2008) Prediction and compensation of machining geometric errors of five-axis machining centers with kinematic errors. Precis Eng 33:194–201

  4. 4.

    Tapie L, Mawussi KB, Anselmetti B (2007) Circular tests for HSM machine tools: Bore machining application. Int J Mach Tools Manuf 47:805–819

  5. 5.

    Bringmann B, Knapp W (2009) Machine tool calibration: geometric test uncertainty depends on machine tool performance. Precis Eng 33:524–529

  6. 6.

    Chanal H, Duc E, Ray P, Ascote JY (2007) A new approach for the geometrical calibration of parallel kinematics machines tools based on the machining of a dedicated part. Int J Mach Tools Manuf 47:1151–1163

  7. 7.

    Quintana G, Gómez X, Delgado J, Teixidor D (2008) Una ayuda para la selección de estrategias. IMHE 353:51–61

  8. 8.

    Zatarain M, Bueno R., Ruiz de Argandoña I, San Martín M (2003) Ensayos de caracterización y validación de máquinas herramienta. MetalUnivers

  9. 9.

    ISO (1998) Test conditions for machining centers. Part 7: accuracy of a finished test piece. ISO 10791-7/UNE_15450-7

  10. 10.

    Recomendaciones Sandvik Coromant. Guía de Fresado

  11. 11.

    Warkentin A, Bedi S, Ismail F (1996) Five-axis Milling of spherical surfaces. Int J Tools Manuf 36:229–243

  12. 12.

    Huertas Talón JL, Berges Muro L, López Gómez C, Marín Zurdo J, Valdivia Calvo F, Garde Barace JJ (6) Functional checking test for high speed machining center. MESIC’09 Congress. Alcoy, June 17th–19th

  13. 13.

    Huertas Talón JL, Torres Leza F, Floren Gómez F, Hernández Ruiz V (2006) Obtaining a programme for machining an aerodynamic profile using Matlab. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 31:5–6

  14. 14.

    She C-H and Lee R-S (2000) A postprocessor based on the kinematics model for general five-axis machine tools. J Manuf Proc 2(2):131–141

  15. 15.

    Pathtrace (2009) Help EdgeCAM. V12.05

  16. 16.

    Sørby K (1999) High-accuracy postprocessor for multi-axis milling machines. In: Kuljanic E (ed) Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Technology, Udine, Italy, pp 507–514

  17. 17.

    Siemens (2001) Frequently asked questions high speed machining. Siemens

Download references

Author information

Correspondence to José Luis Huertas Talón.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Talón, J.L.H., Boria, D.R., Muro, L.B. et al. Functional check test for high-speed milling centres of up to five axes. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 55, 39–51 (2011).

Download citation


  • Five axes
  • High speed
  • Milling
  • Functional check