Finishing effects of spiral polishing method on micro lapping surface

Biing Hwa Yan, Hsinn Jyh Tzeng, Fuang Yuan Huang, Yan Cherng Lin, Han Ming Chow

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This study presents a spiral polishing method and a device for micro-finishing purposes. This novel finishing process has wider application than traditional processes. This offers both automation and flexibility in final machining operations for deburring, polishing, and removing recast layers, thereby producing compressive residual stresses even in difficult to reach areas. Applying of this method can obtain a fine polished surface by removing tiny fragments via a micro lapping generated by transmission of an abrasive medium through a screw rod. The effect of the removal of the tiny fragments can be achieved due to the function of micro lapping. The method is not dependent on the size of the work-piece's application area in order to carry out the ultra precise process. The application of this research can be extended to various products of precision ball-bearing lead screw. The proposed method produces products with greater precision and more efficiently than traditional processes, in terms of processing precisions and the surface quality of products. These parameters used in achieving maximum material removal rate (MRR) and the lowest surface roughness (SR) are abrasive particle size, abrasive concentration, gap, revolution speed and machining time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)920-926
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Material removal rate (MRR)
  • Micro-finishing
  • Spiral polishing method
  • Surface roughness (SR)


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