This paper presents experimental results which can be used for evaluating computational models to assure robust solutions. The general finite element code ABAQUS/Standard has been used in the simulations. A quasi-static simulation with adiabatic heating was performed. The path for separating the chip from the work piece is predetermined. The agreement between measurements and calculation is good considering the simplifications introduced. Still, some capabilities are lacking in ABAQUS. Work is continuing in order to create and evaluate more advanced computational models.