Many applications are available for the syntactic and semantic verification of NC
milling tool paths in simulation environments. However, these solutions - similar
to the conventional tool path generation methods - are generally based on geometric
considerations, and for that reason they cannot address varying cutting conditions.
This paper introduces a new application of a simulation algorithm that is capable
of producing all the necessary geometric information about the machining process in
question for the purpose of further technological analysis. For performing such an
analysis, an image space-based NC simulation algorithm is recommended, since in the
case of complex tool paths it is impossible to provide an analytical description of
the process of material removal. The information obtained from the simulation can
be used not only for simple analyses, but also for optimisation purposes with a view
to increasing machining efficiency.