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Comparative analysis of dry-EDM and conventional EDM for the manufacturing of micro holes in Si3N4-TiN

: Uhlmann, E.; Schimmelpfennig, T.-M.; Perfilov, I.; Streckenbach, J.; Schweitzer, L.

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Procedia CIRP 42 (2016), pp.173-178
ISSN: 2212-8271
Conference on Electro Physical and Chemical Machining <18, 2016, Tokyo>
Conference Paper, Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPK ()

The importance of Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) process is increasing, especially for the machining of electric conductive ceramic materials within the field of micro production technology. Due to its thermal working principle, EDM is particularly suitable because it allows almost force free machining independent of the material's mechanical properties [1]. High aspect ratios and precise micro holes with diameters D ⤠0.3 mm leads manufactures to more complex processes, which reduce the flushing in the working gap and therefore the stability of the process. Enabling the increase of flushing by gaseous dielectrics, dry-EDM technology represents an alternative solution. This paper presents a comparative analysis of dry-EDM with two different gases as dielectric (oxygen and argon) and conventional EDM (deionized water) to manufacture micro holes in Si3N4-TiN ceramic. The results show that the axis displacement y, voltage u0, and current iL differ for the processes.