The cutting characteristics and the critical depth of cut in nano/micro cutting of hard/brittle materials were investigated. A V-shaped single crystal diamond tool with a negative rake angle was used as the tool, and a cutting experiment was conducted by means of the inclined cutting test technique.

The effect of rake angle on specific cutting force was also compared with V-groove cutting model based on simple shear plane. It was found that the cutting force increased and the burrs height increased as the rake angle became negative. and it was considered that the plastic flow influenced on the cutting force. It was also found that the critical cutting depth decreases with the decrease of the rake angle. The result of this experiment showed the opposite tendency to previous studies on the critical depth of cut. This is attributed to that, in the V-type tool cutting, the crack growth by increasing plastic flow is more effective than the suppress of cracks growth by increase of hydrostatic pressure.

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