This book highlights recent research, latest trends, and novel application aspects of spark erosion based machining processes ranging from production of micro electro mechanical systems to machining of aerospace materials. The principles, methodology, and mechanisms of spark erosion based machining processes and their hybrid versions are detailed exclusively in this book. Machining of difficult-to-cut materials, Ni-Ti implants, shape memory alloys, silicon, titanium, and super alloys are discussed in relation to their various applications in various industrial, commercial, and scientific fields, making this book a valuable resource for anyone involved with advanced machining processes.
Introduction. Overview of Spark erosion machining. Variants of Spark Erosion Machining. Hybrid Spark Erosion Machining. Working Principle and Process Parameters. Advantages-Limitations. Special features. Applications. Micro-EDM and Micro-WEDM. Manufacturing of MEMS and other micro components. Machining of micro-features and 3-D microstructures. Medical Device Manufacturing, machining of shape memory alloys, silicon and other biomaterials. Machining of difficult-to-machine materials for aerospace and automotive applications. Machining of glass, ceramics, and MMC. Mold-die Manufacturing. Other important applications and aspects.