Manufacturing Technology – Lathe Machining
Mill or a lather machine form major part of machines used in factory or machine shop where durable objects are made. The main function of a lathe is to remove metal from a piece of work to give it the required shape and size.This is accomplished by holding the work securely and rigidly on the machine and then turning it against a cutting tool which will remove metal from the work in the form of chips.
Understanding and using lathe machine has been part of our learning for manufacturing process technology. I have tried using various kind of materials like wood, steel etc. The process started primarily with wood which is relatively easy to learn using the machine with considerable safe operations.
Milling machines and Lathe machines follows the same machining principle, known as subtractive machining. Here you begin with a block of material and then shape that material into the desired specifications. How the part is actually shaped is the key difference between the two machines. Understanding the differences in more depth will help in putting the right part in the right machine to maximize their capabilities.
I used block of wood and steel to create geometrical spindle shapes. Now I am planning to generate some of the pieces used in Chess Board, starting with pawn.