Turning, or lathe machining, is a chip removing process that produces a cylindrical and/or tapered part using cutting tools on so-called lathes. The part to be machined is clamped between jaws, in a mandrel, or between centers. Drilling operations are also possible on a lathe, although these are not its main function.
With turning operations, the cutting movement is achieved by rotating the part which is clamped between the jaws of a chuck or a specific mandrel, while the feed motion is obtained by moving the cutting tool. The combination of these two movements allows the generation of cylindrical or otherwise circular parts by chip removal.
Turning is an inevitable machining operation at Masson-Marine’s, since a large number of components used in propellers, shafts, or transmissions are solids of revolution.
These lathes have numeric control which makes machining more accurate and repeatable.