Evolution of a Tool's Revolution

Author Ann Mazakas
Published
December 01,2008 - 11:00am

Related Glossary Terms

  • turning

    turning

    Workpiece is held in a chuck, mounted on a face plate or secured between centers and rotated while a cutting tool, normally a single-point tool, is fed into it along its periphery or across its end or face. Takes the form of straight turning (cutting along the periphery of the workpiece); taper turning (creating a taper); step turning (turning different-size diameters on the same work); chamfering (beveling an edge or shoulder); facing (cutting on an end); turning threads (usually external but can be internal); roughing (high-volume metal removal); and finishing (final light cuts). Performed on lathes, turning centers, chucking machines, automatic screw machines and similar machines.

Putting a spin on turning tools results in up to a 2,000 percent increase in tool life and opens the door to new turning techniques.

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Author

Manager of Technical Communications

Ann Mazakas is manager of technical communications at DP Technology Corp., Camarillo, California. For further information, call 805-388-6000.