Turning is a material removal process used to create rotational parts by cutting away unwanted material. It is a form of machining that requires a turning machine or lathe, a workpiece, a fixture, and a cutting tool.
The turning process involves using a cutting tool, typically a non-rotary tool bit, to describe a helical toolpath by moving more or less linearly while the workpiece rotates. The tool's axes of movement may be a straight line, or they may be along some set of curves or angles, but they are essentially linear. This process is widely used in the manufacturing industry to produce a wide range of precision parts, from small components to large shafts and cylinders.
Turning is a machining process that is used to create rotational parts by cutting away unwanted material. It is typically performed on a turning machine, also known as a lathe, which holds the workpiece in place while a cutting tool is moved along the surface of the material in order to remove material and shape the part.
The cutting tool, which is typically a non-rotary tool bit, is typically moved in a linear motion while the workpiece rotates. This creates a helical toolpath that removes material and shapes the part to the desired size and shape.
Turning can be done on a variety of materials including metals, plastics, and composites. The type of cutting tool used, the speed of the cutting tool, and the feed rate of the workpiece can all be adjusted to optimize the cutting process for the specific material and desired final product.
There are many different types of turning operations that can be performed, including:
Turning is a versatile process that is widely used in many industries such as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and many more. It is a precise, efficient and cost-effective method for creating a wide range of rotational parts and components.