Steel Turning

Trace-A-Matic specializes in turning steel parts and assemblies using cutting-edge CNC lathes, 5-axis machining centers, and high-speed machining operations. Years of experience provide expert knowledge of cutting a wide range of steel alloys, their characteristics, and how this material group reacts when machined. Tool selection, depth of cuts, lathe speed and feed, chip control, and high-pressure coolant is critical in controlling heat generation, which can cause turned part movement and tool deflection during the machining process. This level of skill ensures world-class precision machining that meets or exceeds the most demanding tolerances. The innovative Trace-A-Matic team is always available to review your machining parts and guide you during the design process. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction, providing AS 9100/ISO 9001:2015 certified quality machining resulting in timely turnaround and on-time delivery.

Steel Turning
Steel Types and Characteristics:
  • Carbon steel contains carbon and iron, used in a variety of applications - mild steel having the least amount of carbon
  • Alloy includes nickel, copper, chromium, or aluminum, altering the strength, thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance
  • Stainless contain chromium and is known for corrosion resistance - 304 and 316 being the most common
  • Tool steel contains tungsten, molybdenum, cobalt, and vanadium, used in cutting and drilling equipment

Steel turning is a critical process in metalworking industries, where cutting tools remove material from steel workpieces to achieve desired shapes and dimensions. The cutting force is crucial in turning steel, particularly when machining heat-treated steel. Heat-treated steel undergoes a controlled heating and cooling process to alter its mechanical properties, increasing hardness and toughness. Machining heat-treated steel requires careful consideration of cutting parameters to manage cutting forces effectively, prevent tool wear, and maintain dimensional accuracy. Specialized cutting tools and machining techniques are often employed to address the challenges posed by heat-treated steel, ensuring precise and efficient steel machining processes. Turning steel plays a vital role in producing high-quality components for various industrial applications.

Workpiece Materials Types: castings, forgings, fabricated weldments, and bar stock

Other Metal Turning: aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, steel, and titanium

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