Vase Mold

The sculptured vase mold sample project is used to teach undergraduate students the principles of creating effective finishing toolpaths for both concave and convex freeform surfaces using a high speed 3-axis machining center. Students attempt a variety of toolpath types using Esprit, such as concentric, spiral, and zig-zag finishing operations with both a coolant, mist, and dry machining environment.

Machine Tool: Sodick MC430L and Mori Seiki NVD1500

Work Material: T6061 Aluminum

Machining Data:

  Roughing Semi-Finishing Finishing
Cycle Time 14 min 8 min 80 min
Tool Size/Type D6 flat end mill R1.5 ball end mill R0.5 ball end mill
Depth of Cut (Ad) 0.7mm 0.1mm 0.04mm 
Stepover (Rd) 4mm 0.5mm 0.05mm
Spindle Speed 15,000 rpm 32,000 rpm 25,000 rpm
Feedrate 1270 mm/min 2400 mm/min 1200 mm/min