Machine tools are used for many different machining techniques, however, they are mainly used for shaping and machining metal among other rigid materials. One of the most common machine tools is the lathe. While you may be somewhat familiar with the lathe, there are a few things that you may not know about it. Read on to find out some interesting facts about lathes.
The history of the lathe
Even if you are very familiar with the machining techniques of the modern day lathe, you may not be aware of the history of it. The lathe is commonly used today for a variety of products, however, the lathe is actually an ancient tool. It’s believed to have been created in Ancient Egypt. It likely had many different uses in the past, however, the idea of the lathe was still similar.
The many uses of a lathe
Since the lathe accommodates many machining techniques, there are many products that a lathe can create. If you took a class in high school or college that allowed you to work with a lathe, you may have used it to make a chess piece or a candlestick. The lathe, however, can be used to make musical instruments, table legs and even gun barrels.
What to avoid when cleaning a lathe
If you knew the history of the lathe and its many uses, you may also be familiar with how to clean a lathe. Lathes should be wiped down and cleaned regularly. The wiper pads should also be cleaned and re-oiled regularly to avoid needing machine shop services. There are many ways to clean a lathe, however, one should always avoid using high-pressure air on the chip or gram of a lathe. The air could enter the machine’s crevices, which would potentially lead to expensive lathe repairs.
How to maintain a lathe
One way to keep a lathe from breaking is to avoid using high-pressure air around the chip or gram; however, there are also many other ways to keep your lathe from breaking. Since machine tool repair services can be somewhat expensive, its best to maintain your lathe as best you can. You should check the drive belt on your lathe regularly for tension as well as consistency. You should also regularly adjust the gibs to avoid damage and friction that is unnecessary for regular use.
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