Steps & Requirements Of Wire EDM Machining – How To Reduce The Human Error In WEDM


WEDM is a technology to realize workpiece size machining. Under certain equipment conditions, the reasonable formulation of processing route is an important link to ensure the workpiece processing quality. In this guide, we discuss the steps of wire EDM machining and requirements, how to reduce the human error in WEDM.


Steps & Requirements Of Wire EDM Machining

The process of WEDM machining mould or parts can be generally divided into the following steps:

Analyze and review drawings:

Analyzing the drawing is the first step of decisive significance to ensure the processing quality of the workpiece and the comprehensive technical indicators of the workpiece. Take the blanking mold as an example. When digesting the pattern, first pick out the workpiece pattern that cannot or is not easy to be processed by WEDM. There are roughly the following types:

⑴ Workpieces with high requirements for surface roughness and dimensional accuracy that cannot be manually ground after cutting;

(2) Workpieces with narrow gap smaller than the diameter of electrode wire plus discharge gap, or workpieces with rounded corners formed by the discharge gap of rigid electrode derrick are not allowed at the inner corners of the figure;

(3) Non conductive materials;

(4) Parts whose thickness exceeds the span of wire frame;

(5) Workpiece with machining length exceeding the effective stroke length of X, Y carriage and high precision requirements.

Under the condition of meeting the WEDM Process, careful consideration should be given to the surface roughness, dimensional accuracy, workpiece thickness, workpiece material, size, fit clearance and punching thickness.

Programming Considerations

1. Determination of mold clearance and transition circle radius

(1) Reasonably determine the mold clearance. The reasonable selection of mold clearance is one of the key factors related to the life of mold and the burr size of stamping parts. Mold clearance of different materials is generally selected in the following range:

– For soft blanking materials, such as red copper, soft aluminum, semi hard aluminum, glue board, red paperboard, mica sheet, etc., the gap between the punch and the mold can be 10% – 15% of the thickness of the blanking material.

– For hard blanking materials, such as iron sheet, steel sheet, silicon steel sheet, etc., the clearance between punch and mold can be 15% – 20% of the blanking thickness.

(2) Reasonably determine the transition circle radius. In order to improve the service life of common cold stamping molds, transition circles should be added at the intersections of lines, lines and circles, especially at the corners of small angles. The size of the transition circle can be considered according to the thickness of the blanking material, the shape of the mold, the required service life and the technical conditions of the stamping part. With the thickness of the stamping part, the transition circle can also be increased correspondingly. Generally, it can be selected within the range of 0.1-0.5mm.

For the transition circle with thin punching material, small mold fit clearance and punching parts that are not allowed to be enlarged, in order to obtain a good punch mold fit clearance, a transition circle is generally added at the corner of the figure. Because the electrode wire machining path will naturally process a transition circle with a radius equal to the electrode wire radius plus one-sided discharge gap at the inner corner.

2. Calculate and compile processing program

During programming, a reasonable clamping position shall be selected according to the batching conditions, and a reasonable starting point and cutting route shall be determined at the same time. The starting point shall be at the corner of the figure or at the position where the convex tip is easy to be repaired. The cutting route is mainly based on the principle of preventing or reducing mold deformation. Generally, it should be considered to make the final cutting of the figure close to the clamping side easier.

3. Threading process paper tape and proofreading paper tape

After the paper tape is made according to the program sheet, the program sheet and the produced paper tape must be checked one by one. Only after the program is input into the controller with the calibrated paper tape can the sample be cut. The simple and reliable workpiece can be processed directly. For molds with high dimensional accuracy and small fitting clearance between male and female molds, thin materials must be used for trial cutting, and their accuracy and fitting clearance can be checked on the cutting parts. If any nonconformity is found, it shall be analyzed in time to find out the problem, and the mold can be formally processed only after the procedure is modified to be qualified. This step is an important step to avoid workpiece scrapping.

How To Reduce The Human Error In Wire EDM Machining

Control and improvement of human factors WEDM mainly includes the determination of processing technology and the selection of processing methods, which can be achieved through the following points:

(1) Reasonably arrange the wire cutting processing route. The guiding ideology of this measure is to try to avoid damaging the original internal stress balance of the workpiece material, and to prevent the workpiece material from significantly deforming due to the unreasonable arrangement of the cutting route under the action of the fixture during the cutting process, resulting in the decline of the cutting surface quality.


(2) Select cutting parameters correctly. For different rough and finish machining, the wire speed and wire tension shall be properly adjusted based on the parameter table. In order to ensure that the machined workpiece has higher accuracy and surface quality, the wire tension of the wire cutting machine can be properly adjusted. Although the manufacturer of the wire cutting machine provides relevant parameters suitable for different cutting conditions, due to the influence of the workpiece material, the required machining accuracy and other factors, So that people can not completely copy the cutting conditions introduced in books, but should make corresponding adjustments based on these conditions according to actual needs.


(3) Close machining is adopted. In order to achieve high precision and high surface quality of the workpiece, the height of the screw holder shall be adjusted in time according to the thickness of the workpiece, so that the distance between the upper nozzle and the workpiece is as close as possible, so as to avoid excessive amplitude of the wire electrode due to the distance between the upper nozzle and the workpiece, which will affect the surface quality of the workpiece. (a)


(4) Pay attention to the fixation of the machined workpiece. When the workpiece is about to be cut, the connection strength between the workpiece and the parent material is bound to decline. At this time, it is necessary to prevent the workpiece from being deflected due to the impact of the processing fluid. Once the deflection occurs, the cutting gap will be changed, which will affect the surface quality of the workpiece, or cause the workpiece to be cut and scrapped. Therefore, it is necessary to find ways to fix the workpiece to be processed


When operating the wire cutting process, pay attention to the requirements. The workers should try their best to operate in a standard manner, put on work clothes, pay attention to rest, do not work too hard, try to create a good working environment for wire cutting process, bring good construction experience, do not try to save energy for a while and cause problems, and keep the safe operation specifications in mind.


In addition, pay attention to the maintenance of wire cutting every day. It is best to maintain the machine in a timely manner to ensure that the machine is in a good condition as far as possible. When selecting WEDM, we must pay attention to the price and select the ones with reliable quality. The wire cutting processing of our company has the international standard, which can make everyone have the best construction experience.