Facts about Turning Operation

What is turning operation? This is one of the most common questions that clients are looking for custom-made machines ask. Simply put, this is a basic machining process that involves a cutting tool moving linearly as the main work piece rotates. Machining companies prefer using a non-rotary tool bit as it is more effective in making accurate helical tool paths.

Turning can be done on internal or external surfaces; it all depends on the type of equipment that you are making. To get the best results, it is recommendable to ensure that the single point cutting tool movements are parallel to the axis of rotation. Cycling is one of the main and most crucial process used to make the machines. Here are some facts to help you understand what it entails.

Cut Time
As the name suggests, this is the amount of time used to cut the tool using the cutting tool. To estimate the amount of time it will take to complete the task, divide the total cut length with the feed rate. At this point, it is good to note that the tool speed is dependent on the work piece.

Ideal Time
This is also referred to as non-productive time. It is the difference between the time spent waiting for another tool to be loaded on the machine and the time the turning process begins. The movement of the tool between the machine settings, tool changing, and features all depend on the ideal time. To increase productivity, it is imperative to reduce the ideal time as much as possible. However, you need to be very careful not to compromise the functionalism of the machine as you do so, as there is a limit on the amount of work that it can do in one day.

Face Turning
This is also referred to a facing operation. In this process, the work piece is strategically placed between the chunks and mounted on the lathe machine. The tool should be rotated in a perpendicular direction to the axis while the chuck should rotate in the same direction as the shaft. This step is essential if you want to get a square surface at the end of the process or a machine that has a specific length or size.

It is recommendable to hire an expert to do the turning operation process for you if you do not have the necessary skills and experience. Otherwise, a simple mistake can compromise the end results.

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