Fabricating micro-structured surface by using single-crystalline diamond endmill

Jiwang Yan, Zhiyu Zhang, Tsunemoto Kuriyagawa, Hidenobu Gonda

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A ball endmill made of single-crystalline diamond was used for cutting micro-structures on two kinds of mold materials, oxygen-free copper, and reaction-bonded silicon carbide (RB-SiC). The cutting performance of the ball endmill was investigated by examining surface roughness and form accuracy of the machined workpiece as well as tool wear characteristics. Micro-dimple arrays, micro-grooves, and micro-pyramid arrays with extremely smooth surface and high-accuracy profile could be obtained on oxygen-free copper without remarkable tool wear. When machining RB-SiC, however, tool flank wear takes place, leading to a rough surface finish. After the tool has worn off, the cutting performance of the endmill significantly depended on the tool feed direction. The optimum tool feed direction for micro-grooving was experimentally investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)957-964
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number9-12
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Diamond tool
  • Dimple
  • End milling
  • Groove
  • Hard material
  • Lens array
  • Micro-cutting
  • Mold fabrication
  • Structured surface
  • Tool wear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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