Tooling for Multiple Lead Applications of Electrical Discharge Machining 680636
Multiple lead enables electrical discharge machining to compete as a production method with conventional machining methods, provided proper tooling is used. In this paper, the electrical discharge power supply, the machine, the work and electrode holding fixtures, the electrodes, and the dielectric are all considered as tools. Each has its individual function in obtaining an efficient EDM cut which is essential for multiple-lead operation. The power supply must be capable of producing discharges that are compatible with the electrodes and workpieces being used. Machines must furnish the servo function and auxiliary cycling equipment. Work and electrode holding fixtures must hold precision relationship between electrodes and workpieces as well as eliminate electrode vibration and direct dielectric flow. The electrodes must be suitable to the application, and because they are expendable, must be economically produced. The dielectric must be suitable to the application and must be adequately filtered and directed.