Surface texture generation in machining processes is examined in view of establishing a model building procedure capable of linking surface finish parameters to machining conditions. In the first part of the paper, with reference to cutting processes with defined tool geometry, a model capable of describing a surface profile as an ordered sequence of tool marks is developed. The use of such a model for process control is also discussed. In the second part, the identification procedure of a model describing profile generation in face milling versus cutting parameters is presented.

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