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Brass CNC Machining Turning Lathe Parts
Dec 27, 2016

lathe  is a tool that rotates the workpiece on its axis to perform various operations such as cuttingsandingknurlingdrilling, or deformationfacingturning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetry about an axis of rotation.

Lathes are used in woodturningmetalworkingmetal spinningthermal spraying, parts reclamation, and glass-working. Lathes can be used to shape pottery, the best-known design being the potter's wheel. Most suitably equipped metalworking lathes can also be used to produce most solids of revolution, plane surfaces and screw threads or helices. Ornamental lathes can produce three-dimensional solids of incredible complexity. The workpiece is usually held in place by either one or two centers, at least one of which can typically be moved horizontally to accommodate varying workpiece lengths. Other work-holding methods include clamping the work about the axis of rotation using a chuck or collet, or to a faceplate, using clamps or dogs.

Examples of objects that can be produced on a lathe include candlestick holders, gun barrelscue stickstable legs, bowlsbaseball bats, musical instruments (especially woodwind instruments), crankshafts, and camshafts.