Data-mining methods were used to support decisions about reasonable cutting conditions. The aim of our research was to extract new knowledge by applying data-mining techniques to a tool catalog. We used both hierarchical and non-hierarchical clustering of catalog data and also used applied multiple regression analysis. We focused on the shape element of catalog data and we visually grouped end mills from the viewpoint of tool shape, which here meant the ratio of dimensions, by using the k-means method. We then decreased the number of variables by using hierarchical cluster analysis. We also found an expression for calculating the best cutting conditions, and we compared the calculated values with the catalog values. We did 15 minutes of cutting work using three kinds of cutting conditions: conditions recommended in the catalog, conditions derived by data-mining, and proven cutting conditions for die machining (rough processing).

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