Impact of measurement procedure when error mapping and compensating a small CNC machine using a multilateration laser interferometer

Jean Marc Linares, Julien Chaves-Jacob, Heinrich Schwenke, Andrew Longstaff, Simon Fletcher, Jakob Flore, Eckart Uhlmann, Jens Wintering

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This paper deals with the accuracy of compensation of machine tools using a tracking interferometer using the multilateration method. The measurement strategy and thermal drift compensation of the measurements are studied. It shows that most effects of temperature are accurately compensated by the laser tracking interferometer software. However, thermal drifts of accessories are not taken into account, and are therefore not corrected. To validate the robustness of procedures, the geometrical errors of the same machine tool were measured by five measurement strategies using the same equipment. Each strategy is devised and carried out independently by a different person from several institutions. For each strategy, the geometrical compensations were applied to a set of nominal tool path points. The difference, between the nominal points and the compensated or uncompensated points was calculated. This criterion was used to discuss the procedures employed by the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-588
Number of pages11
JournalPrecision Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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