This paper presents the design and implementation of a digital controller for a lathe to machine workpieces with noncircular cross sections. Noncircular cutting is accomplished by controlling the radial tool position in the direction normal to the surface of workpiece. A discrete time model for the tool carriage in the radial direction is obtained by a least squares method applied to input and output data. The model is used for designing digital feedback and feedforward controllers. The zero phase error tracking control algorithm is applied as a feedforward control law for positioning of the tool along desired time varying signals. The effectiveness of the proposed controller is demonstrated by experiment and simulation.

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