University of California, DAVIS
“ASCENTi-CNC” is a 5-year project initiated in 2007 at the IMS-Mechatronics Laboratory of University of California at Davis, aiming at the development of a new high-performance CNC controller and advancing the application of micro/ nano machining technology in industries.
The first goal is to overview the development results obtained in the past projects, TRUE-CNC, VIVID-CNC and OMNI-CNC and extract the generic models of the usable functions. These models should represent the core technologies for future high-performance machine tool systems.
Then, the models will be studied from the view point of feasibility of implementation using the most advanced emerging technologies and tools. The models may be implemented in the form of silicon based electronics hardware, realized in the form of intelligent software, or integrated into machine tool hardware design. The essential concept is to utilize consistently “Model Driven Design and Development (MDDD)” to be applied from idea creation to realization processes. The clustered structure of ASCENTi-CNC consists of three main parts as shown in the figure below.
The ASCENTi-CNC Project for the year 2007-2008 has been worked out by 18 research members with the strong support of industries such as Mori Seiki Co., Ltd., and Sodick Co., Ltd.
The on-going research topics include FPGA based High Performance CNC Controller, Intelligent Vision System for Secure and Autonomous Machining Operation, Development of New Hybrid Ultra-precision Machining Center, New Non-traditional Finishing, Micro-tool Fabrication, On-machine Collision Detection System, etc.