lathe machine : All you need to know

lathe machine all you need to know about it

Welcome to Caftrab mechanic solutions, in this article we will discuss about the lathe machine construction details along with the operation of different parts that together construct a lay the machine so before going into it we need to know what is lathe machine is .

What is the lathe machine

Lathe machine is a tool used to remove metals from a workpiece to give it a desired shape and size ,so the function of lathe is to remove the metal from a workpiece in the form of chips by mounting the workpiece rigidly on a machine spindle and revolving at the required speed and the cutting tool is fed against the work either longitudinally or crosswise to make the work to the required shape and size.

lathe machine construction details

 Now let’s look at the lathe machine construction details and the different operation parts that together constructor lay the machine.

Legs of the lathe machine

first of all we have the stands or legs in lathe machine this is used in holding the lathe machine and then elevating.

the lathe bed to a working height legs are the most bottom portion and carrying the entire load of a lathe machine tool the legs are. firmly secured to the floor by the foundation bolt the legs or stand of lathe machine is made of cast iron through the casting process.

Since cast iron has a high shock absorbance and wear resistance capacity so it helps the legs to absorb the vibration during work and transfer to the ground ,above the legs there is a tray this is also known as chip span it is placed at the lower side of bed and above the leg of lathe machine the main function of chip span or tray is to collect or carry all hot chips removed from the workpiece during machining operation.

Lathe machine bed

above the tray there is the lathe machine bed it is also called the lathe bed ,it represent the base on which all other parts of lathe are mounted it is massive and rigid single piece casting made to support other active parts of lay machine

the bed is chosen according to laid machine specification and requirement it is usually made by single piece casting of semi steel or chilled cast iron due to its high compressive strength shock absorbent and hi lubrication quality if we are making a larger lei the machine then two or three pieces of the bed are casted and then bolted together and for comparatively smaller general purpose lathes the lathe bed is made through single piece casting at a time

 there are guide ways on the lathe bed these guide ways take care of movement of tailstock and carriage on bed on the bed there is the feed box this feed box is connected to the lead screw and the feed rod the lead screw is externally threaded shaft or rod it converts rotational motion to linear motion lead screw is used for thread cutting operation in a lathe machine tool the lead screw is used to move the carriage automatically during thread cutting the feed rod II is a cylindrical rod it does not have any thread on its external surface this feed rod is used to move the carriage from the left side to the right side and also from the right side to the left side

On left end the bed headstock lathe machine is located while on right side tailstock is located headstock is situated at the left side of the lathe bed and it is the house of the driving mechanism under electrical mechanism of a lathe machine tool headstock transmit power from the spindle to the feed rod lead screw and thread cutting mechanism there are speed selectors for controlling gear speed and here we have a lever called the driving clutch which is used to engage and disengage the spindle from the gear mechanism inside the headstock, in other words it engages and disengages the motion

 at the starting of the lathe this driving clutch keeps the motion disengaged from the spindle and then when we need we can use this clutch to engage the spindle with gears for motion and the spindle starts rotating , here this is the spindle connected to the headstock the spindle possesses live center to which the workpiece can be attached there is a hole throughout spindle for handling long bar of workpiece

the spindle

is hollow inside and has threads cut on the external surface on the other hand the chuck has threads cut on the internal diameter so the external thread on the spindle surface and internal thread of the chuck dolls in coupling or fitting of the Chuck with the spindle just like nut and bolt after mounting properly the Chuck and the spindle becomes an assembly the Chuck here is used to hold the job or workpiece firmly during the machining operation

as we have just discussed it is mounted on the spindle which rotates the Chuck and workpiece depending on requirements we usually use two types of Chuck three jaw Chuck and four jaw Chuck the three jaw Chuck is also called universal Chuck because the three jaws move simultaneously when any one jaw is adjusted these three-jaw chucks are generally used to hold cylindrical jobs the four jaw Chuck is also called independent chuck because in four jaw Chuck each stepped jaw is independently operated by a different screw so the four jaw Chuck scan also hold the square jobs rather than cylindrical.

the tailstock

  is situated on the right side above the lathe bed it is made out of cast iron the tailstock moves on the guide ways on the bed surface and it can be moved forward and backward towards and away from the chuck according to requirement and job length the tailstock is used for supporting the long end of the job for holding and minimizes its vibration and sagging so that the long workpiece a long job does not deflect or then during the machining operation

 it holds the tool for performing different operations like drilling Riming tapping etc and it is also used for a small amount of taper for a long job by offsetting the tailstock this dip portion of the tailstock is also called the dead center because it just provides support and no motion is provided to this point similarly on this side we provide motion to the spindle which in turns rotates the Chuck and workpiece so this is called lift center both live and dead centers have 60 degrees conical points to fit Center holes in the circular job

the other end tapering to allow for good fitting into the spindles the dead center can be mounted in ball bearings so that it rotates with the job avoiding friction of the job with dead center as it is important to hold heavy jobs in the tailstock assembly we also have the RAM clamp and the hand wheel when we rotate this hand traversing wheel this dead center moves back and forth that is when this hand wheel is rotated the dead center moves in and out the RAM clamp is used to apply lock on this movement of dead center so this Ram clamp locks the dead center in the tailstock so it does not move

in addition to this there is also a tail stock lock which is used for locking the tail stock firmly in place according to our requirement during machining operation on the left of the headstock there is the main driving pulley and gear system this driving pulley system is connected to the gear box inside the headstock this driving pulley is connected to the motor through belt then comes the carriage dot.

the carriage

is used for support guide and feed the tool against the job when the machining is done the carriage holds moves and controls the cutting tool it gives rigid supports to the tool during operations it transfers power from feed rod to cutting tool through apron mechanism for longitudinal cross feeding carriage simplifies the thread cutting operation with the help of lead screw and 1/2 nut mechanism

the carriage is formed of five parts saddle cross slide compound rest dual post and apron on the carriage there is a hand traversing wheel using this wheel we can move the carriage left or right along the feed rod and lead screw there is a half nut or screw cutting engage lever on the carriage this half nut is used to connect motion to the carriage automatically.

 If the half nut lever is engaged it engages the carriage with the lead screw which results in automatic movement of carriage right and left by being guided by the threaded lead screw thus the split half nut is used for automatic feed instead of providing manual feed which helps us to cut thread with accuracy.

the saddle

Mounted on the carriage there is a saddle generally is made up of each shaped casting and it has a V guide and a flat guide for mounting it on the lathe bed guide ways the cross slide hand wheel is assembled on the saddle the cross slide generally travels at right angles to the spindle axis.

Let’s take for reference if this hand traversing wheel moves the carriage left and right then this cross slide wheel moves this saddle towards front and back that is perpendicular to the bed ,so since the cross slide hand wheel gives cross movement or perpendicular movement ,so it is called cross slide above this cross slide and saddle there a compound rest mounted above them the compound rest supports the tool post and cutting tool in its various positions

 It can be swiveled at any desired position in the horizontal plane compound rest is necessary for turning angles and boring shot tapers it can rotate and fix to any desired angle the compound rest slide is actuated by a screw which rotates in a nut fixed to the saddle

 then above the compound rest the tool post is mounted the tool post is an important part of carriage which fits in a tea slot in the compound rest and holds the tool holder in place by the tool post screw

it is the top most portion of the carriage and it is used to hold various cutting tools or tool holders generally the single point cutting tool is mounted on this dual post

 the last part of the carriage is the apron this whole portion is called the apron the apron is fitted to the saddle it contains gears and clutches to transmit motion from the feed rod to the carriage and the half nut which engages with the lead screw during cutting threads apron acts as a cover or housing for all the mechanisms

 inside the carriage below the lathe bed there is an oil sump the soil sample a place where the machine oil from different parts especially the machine oil from the shaft is deposited in the oil sump in the bottom portion on the leg of the lathe machine there is also space which can be used as storage for gears chucks tools etc and also this space is used as a housing for motor mechanism in some lathe machine

So we have learnt the construction details of a lathe machine along with the detailed operation of different parts . If you have any question don’t hesitate to let it in the comment section.