Developing New Machining Processes

When you are trying to take your machining to the next level, it is important to consider that there might be machining methods that you have not yet thought of. One of the major aspects of machining is the act of removing material. There is an object, such as a piece of metal or plastic. Then, material that is a part of this object is removed. For example, if a hole is drilled into an object, a hole is not created necessarily, but the material that used to fill the hole was removed. Therefore, when developing new machining processes, the focus should be on new ways to remove materials while still maintaining the integrity of the material and it is also important to understand the justification for machining.

The Justification For Machining

One of the downsides of machining is that it is not one of the most economical processes used to modify a piece. You have already paid for all of the material, so the material that is removed will be wasted. Also, machining can take a long time. However, these are secondary processes that are used to complete a piece after a more efficient primary process is initially used. It may also be possible to take some of the removed materials and melt them down to reuse them for something else.

A Machining Example

Drilling is one of the most common and well-known material removal processes. The removal of the material is often not that great, but it allows for parts to be affixed to each other, allows for parts to be disassembled so that parts can be shipped individually, allows for defective parts to be replaced with new parts, and allows for upgrades.

The Cutting Condition

A cutting condition refers to the situation that the material is placed under in order to achieve a desired result. This includes the cutting speed, the distance traveled by a tool during a revolution and how deeply a cut is made. The material removal rate is usually based on whether the material is being roughened or if the material is being finished. With materials that are roughened, a large amount of material is removed at a low speed. Finishing is a process carried out to achieve the final dimensions. Lower feeds and depths are used for finishing than for roughening. The cutting speed is much higher. Experimenting with these approaches can allow you to find new ways to machine your work pieces.

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