This paper reports the development of an efficient iso-scallop tool path planning strategy for machining of freeform surfaces on a three axis CNC milling center using the point cloud as the input. Boundary of the point cloud is chosen as the Master Cutter Path, using which the scallop points are computed. Adjacent side tool paths are computed using these scallop points and the path planning process is completed till the entire surface is covered. The system generates post-processed NC program in ISO format which was extensively tested for various case studies. The results were compared with the iso-planar tool path strategy from commercial software. Our system was found to generate efficient tool path in terms of part quality, productivity and storage memory.

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