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Final Report - HARDPRECISION (Simultaneous five-axis hard milling for highest precision)

Project ID: 17857
Funded under: FP6-SME


HARDPRECISION was a European funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose ultimate aim was to develop a five-axis hard milling process for highest precision. The particular technology would be able to produce high-quality products in considerably less total throughput times.

The project encompasses the optimisation of a milling machine by applying light-weight parts, as well as the enhancement of milling technology for high-hard materials. The investigations are concentrated on conventional and powder metallurgical high-speed steels and the usage of solid carbide coated tools. These materials are typically used in tools for cold forging or injection moulding of highly abrasive materials. Moreover, a part measurement system capable of quality control within the machine tool was developed.

Besides contributing to an improvement of the bonds between Member States and Candidate Countries and to a considerable increase in the competitiveness of the participating SMEs the project encompassed the following scientific, technical and societal objectives:
- better scientific and technological knowledge about milling of high-quality surfaces on hardened materials;
- lifetime enhancement of tools and dies, contributing to further knowledge and productivity of the EU-industry;
- drastic reduction of hazardous substances in the production of tools and dies significantly improving environmental and health conditions in Europe.

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