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Lathes have a wide variety of uses and are an invaluable tool, whether they are being used as part of a bigger machining process in large industrial premises, to make bespoke parts in a small workshop or in the crafting of individual objects by hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts.
The lathe is one of the oldest tools around and is typically used to craft conical or cylindrical objects such as wheels, bores and shafts.
It works by spinning the raw material, which can then be shaped and crafted using tools that attach to the workpiece – hence it is sometimes referred to as a turning lathe.
You can choose from two basic types of lathe: horizontal, which can handle high volume and complex work and are the most commonly used in manufacturing and machine shops; and vertical, which are considered the most suitable for large diameter work.
Different machines have also been developed to work with different materials. The metal working lathe machines any hard material, including metal, plastics and composite materials. If you are working with wood, a woodworking lathe can manufacture anything from chair legs and stool seats to cabinet knobs, spindles and finials.
These days, the CNC lathe is an increasingly popular choice as it uses computer technology to program the machine to perform the same task many times over, giving far more accurate results and at a higher volume than could be achieved manually.
Wood working Lathes, Metal Working Lathes
A lathe is a machine tool which spins a block of material to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling or deformation with lathe accessories that are applied to the work piece to create an object which has symmetry about an axis of rotation.
Lathes can be used in wood turning, metalworking, metal spinning and glass working. Lathes can be used to shape pottery with the best-known design being the potter\\\'s wheel. Most suitably equipped, metal working lathes can also be used to produce most solids of revolution; plane surfaces and screw threads or helices. Other examples of objects that can be produced on a lathe include crankshafts and camshafts.
A lathe may or may not have a stand which sits on the floor and elevates the lathe bed to a working height. Some lathes are small and sit on a workbench or table and do not have a stand. Almost all lathes have a bed, which is (almost always) a horizontal beam although some CNC lathes, which are those which are controlled by a computer have a vertical beam for a bed to ensure that swarf or chips falls free of the bed.
There are a variety of different lathes. Woodworking lathes are the oldest variety and are also referred to as turning lathes. All other varieties have since evolved from these simple lathes. An example of one such lathe is a metal working lathe. For a metal working lathe, the metal is removed from the work piece using a hardened cutting tool which is usually fixed to a solid moveable mounting. These cutting tools come in a wide range of sizes and shapes depending upon their application. Some common styles are diamond, round, square and triangular.
Lathes can be combined with other machine tools, such as a drilling machines or vertical milling machines. These are usually referred to as combination lathes.
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