Lathe Operations: Facing

Facing Operations Facing is the process of removing metal from the end of a workpiece to produce a flat surface. Most often, the workpiece is cylindrical, but using a 4-jaw chuck you can face rectangular or odd-shaped work to form cubes and other non-cylindrical shapes.

When a lathe cutting tool removes metal it applies considerable tangential (i.e. lateral or sideways) force to the workpiece. To safely perform a facing operation the end of the workpiece must be positioned close to the jaws of the chuck. The workpiece should not extend more than 2-3 times its diameter from the chuck jaws unless a steady rest is used to support the free end. Cutting Speeds

If you read many books on machining you will find a lot of information about the correct cutting speed for the movement of the cutting tool in relation to the workpiece. You must consider the rotational speed of the workpiece and the movement of the tool relative to the workpiece. Basically, the softer the metal the faster the cutting. D…

Effect of Shear Angle (Shearing Machine)

The shearing action can be explained in the following four stages:

(a) Stage 1.   As the top cutting member is moved downwards and brought to bear on the metal with continuing pressure, the top and bottom surfaces of the metal are deformed.

(b) Stage 2.     As the pressure increases, the internal fibres of the metal are subject to deformation. This is plastic deformation prior toshearing.

(c) Stage 3.     After a certain amount of plastic deformation, the cutting members begin to penetrate. The uncut metal ‘work hardens’ at the edges.

(d) Stage 4.     Fractures begin to run into the work hardened metal from the point of contact of the cutting members. When these fractures meet, the cutting members penetrate the whole of the metal thickness.

With all shearing machines, a sufficient force must be applied to the moving blade to overcome the shear strength of the material and cause it to shear along the line of action.

Effect of Clearance

Correct clearance is essential for obtaining good shearing effect. The effects of clearance are as follows:

(a) Excessive clearance causes a burr to form on the underside of the sheet.

(b) With no clearance, overstrain is caused and the edge of the sheet becomes flattened on the underside.

(c) With the correct clearance, optimum shearing results are obtained.


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