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ASM Handbook

Machining

ASM International
Volume
16
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-188-7
Publication date:
1989
Book Chapter

Abrasive Flow Machining

By
Lawrence J. Rhoades
Lawrence J. Rhoades
Extrude Hone Corporation
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Hilary A. Clouser
Hilary A. Clouser
Extrude Hone Corporation
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Published:
1989
Page range:
514 - 519

Abstract

Abrasive flow machining (AFM) finishes surfaces and edges by extruding viscous abrasive media through or across the workpiece. This article commences with a schematic illustration of the AFM process that uses two opposed cylinders to extrude semisolid abrasive media back and forth through the passages formed by the workpiece and tooling. It discusses the major elements of an AFM system, such as machine, tooling, and abrasive media. The article provides information on polishing, radiusing, edge finishing, and surface finishing capabilities of the AFM. It concludes with information on the various applications of the AFM process.

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Lawrence J. Rhoades, Hilary A. Clouser, 1989. "Abrasive Flow Machining", Machining

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