US Patent No. 9,454,144

MACHINE TOOL PATH DISPLAY APPARATUS DISPLAYING RELATIVE TOOL VECTOR ANGLE


Patent No. 9,454,144
Issue Date September 27, 2016
Title Machine Tool Path Display Apparatus Displaying Relative Tool Vector Angle
Inventorship Junichi Tezuka, Yamanashi (JP)
Hajime Ogawa, Yamanashi (JP)
Assignee FANUC CORPORATION, Yamanashi (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,454,144

1. A tool path display apparatus, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a program path together with at least one of a command path and an actual path to compare
the paths with each other, based on information from a numerical control apparatus for controlling a position of a tool tip
point of a machine tool,

the program path being a path of the tool tip point generated by connecting program coordinates calculated by a tool coordinate
calculating unit with shape data specified by a machining program,

the command path being a path of the tool tip point corresponding to a command signal to a drive unit of the machine tool,
and

the actual path being a path of the tool tip point detected by a detection device,
wherein the display unit further comprises a tool vector display unit configured to display at least one line segment as a
tool vector representative of a tool posture,

said at least one line segment connecting (a) the tool tip point passing through the program path, the command path or the
actual path and (b) a reference point distant from the tool tip point toward a tool base side by a predetermined distance,

wherein the tool vector display unit is configured to display each of the tool vectors for the at least two of the program
path, the command path and the actual path to compare the tool vectors with each other,

wherein the tool path display apparatus further comprises:
a tool vector selecting unit configured to select
a first tool vector for a first path which is one of the program path, the command path and the actual path, and
a second tool vector for a second path which is one of the program path, the command path and the actual path, and is different
from the first path; and

an angle calculating unit configured to calculate a relative angle defined by the first tool vector and the second tool vector,
and

wherein the display unit further comprises an angle display unit configured to numerically display the relative angle.