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General turning

Key information on general turning

There are a variety of machining strategies used in the metal working industry to produce top-quality components. General turning comes with its own set of challenges. Contact us to find out more about related applications and the associated requirements.
What is general turning, and what are the main factors to consider? Here are the things you need to know to succeed.

General turning is a key machining process in the metal-working industry. In this operation, the insert creates a cylindrical form using a defined geometric cutting edge. The rotation of the workpiece produces a cutting motion, while the turning tool carries out the radial (a((p))) and axial feed motion (f). The turning operation can be broken down into several sub-steps, which include face turning, longitudinal turning and profiling.

The component properties, material and machining conditions are critical to the success of the machining operation. These factors have a major impact on the process, requiring special attention during the planning phase. The main challenge in any turning operation is how to achieve a long, consistent tool life with optimum chip removal. The first thing the user needs to do is ensure that chips are optimally removed from the workpiece and break off.

ZCC Cutting Tools offers the accompanying chip breaker for every application. Our experts select a suitable grade based on the customer’s requirements and component properties. Do you need help with your general turning applications? Then contact us. We’re there to help.

Quality is the art of making the most effective of your resources in meeting a customer’s needs and exceeding their requirements by making constant improvements.
Uwe D., Application Engineer

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There are a number of challenges we face when it comes to helping you maximise your productivity. These include achieving reliable chip removal, a consistent tool life and short machining times. We show you selected turning inserts that provide real benefits for your company and production unit.

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Our tool holders allow you to increase the efficiency of your production operations while also meeting high standards in terms of component quality. We offer a range of tool holders for any machining operation, from general turning to grooving and parting off.


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