EU key industries are focusing more on light weight components owing to its good market growth (e.g. aerospace, automotive and power generation). The challenge however is to achieve a reduced weight complex thin – walled structure possessing high strength materials. The lack of stiffness of work pieces leads to severe challenges during the milling process:
- High work piece quality is not achievable. Therefore, in many cases manual finishing of the work pieces is required.
- Achievement of acceptable work piece quality only through time and resource consuming trial and error identification of process parameters that circumvent critical process states. This often results in slow and inefficient processes.