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…

Lathe Machine Operations - Chamfering & Parting off

Chamfering: Chamfering is the operation of beveling the extreme end of a workpiece. This is done to remove the burrs, to protect the end of the workpiece from being damaged and to have a better look. The operation may be performed after knurling, rough turning, boring, drilling. Chamfering is an essential operation before thread cutting so that the nut may pass freely on the threaded workpiece.

Lathe Machine Operations Parting off

Parting Off: Parting-off is the operation of cutting a workpiece after it has been machined to the desired size and shape. The process involves rotating the workpiece on a chuck or faceplate at half the speed to that of turning and feeding by a narrow parting off tool perpendicular to the lathe axis by rotating the cross slide screw by hand. Before the operation starts, the carriage is locked in position on the lathe bed and the cutting tool is held rigidly on the tool post with the compound slide set parallel to the lathe axis. The tool should be fed very slowly to prevent chatter. The feed varies from 0.07 to 0.15 mm per revolution and the depth of cut is equal to the width of the tool. In parting off, a work of very large diameter, cuts are made in stages. The parting off tool is first fed through a certain depth, then withdrawn and two more cuts are made at the two sides of the central groove. The tool is next fed into the central groove until the work is cut off in two parts.


There are other operations carried out in lathe machine i.e. Taper TurningFacing, Knurling, RecessingPlain Turning or Straight Turning.



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