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Conventional Machining, one of the most important material removal methods, is a collection of material-working processes in which power-driven machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and drill presses are used with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut the material to achieve the desired geometry. Machining is a part of the manufacture of almost all metal products. It is not uncommon for other materials to be machined.

Machining is advantageous to processes like molding and casting in terms of required setup time and cost, and as such is often used in a prototyping capacity.


Machining principally consists of several basic cutting operations:

  • Turning is performed on a Lathe, removes material with rotating workpiece(s) and stationary cutting tools. Note that while turning is performed in a lathe, the act of turning generally removes material from the outside diameter of the workpiece. Other operations take place in a lathe as well, such as drilling, boring, broaching, reaming, threading, tapping, grooving, knurling, honing and parting.
  • Milling is performed on a Milling Machine, removes material with generally stationary workpiece(s) and rotary cutting tools. A Milling Machine is primarily similar to a drill press, with the additional element of the ability to move the workpiece along a coordinate system, to achieve feed across the tool.
  • Drilling is performed on various machines, primarily Drill Presses. Drilling is also frequently performed in Milling Machines, and on Lathes.
  • Boring is performed on various machines, most frequently lathes, is a method of enlarging a pre-existing hole, or inside diameter.
  • Grinding is performed on various grinding machines, and removes material utilizing an abrasive wheel, most generally.
  • EDM , or Electro-Discharge Machining, removes material with an electrical arc. Techniques include Plunging specifically shaped dies into the workpiece, and cutting with a wire.
  • Sawing , or roughly parting material with a steel blade, such as on a metal bandsaw.


Chucks and Faceplates[edit]

Lathe chucks are used greatly for holding what is going to be machined. There are two types of chucks, an independent chuck or the universal chuck.




to hold the work piece by the uses of face plate & clamping pads are wildly used,in some times the special purpose Equipments like fixtures,jigs,etc

Cutting tools[edit]

End Mills[edit]

Face Mill[edit]


Convention vs. Climb Milling[edit]


Other Processes[edit]








Because machining is not a single process but a group of processes, no single principle is applicable to every aspect of machining. However, all machining processes do have in common the removal of chips or "swarf" by the relative motion of a cutting tool against the workpiece or part. The means by which this motion is achieved varies by machine type, but can generally be broken down into two types of motion:

Primary motion is the result of a machine tool's speed. In the case of a simple drilling operation, this is the spinning of the drill bit. A secondary motion is provided by a tools feed. In the example of a drilling operation, this is the plunging of the drill bit into the material.

Determining optimal speeds and feeds is a major component of best machining practices. A huge number of variables are factors in determining these properties: materials of both workpiece and cutting tool, geometry of the cut, the coolant or cutting fluid used, finish and tolerance required, and the rigidity and power of the machine tool being used.

Chip Removal[edit]

Speeds and Feeds[edit]

Effects on Materials[edit]

Residual Stress[edit]

Work Hardening[edit]