Turning & Grinding

Turning and grinding are two of the most common machining processes performed in the manufacturing industry.

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Turning & Grinding

Turning and grinding are two of the most common machining processes performed in the manufacturing industry. They both involve the removal of material from a workpiece, and they both support a wide variety of materials. Whether a workpiece is made of iron, aluminum, steel, copper or any other metal or alloy, it can be shaped via turning or grinding. Turning and grinding aren’t the same, however. They each work in a different way to remove material from a workpiece.

What Is Grinding?

Grinding is a machining process that involves the use of a disc-shaped grinding wheel to remove material from a stock workpiece. There are several types of grinding wheels, some of which include grindstones, angle grinders, die grinders and specialized grinding machines. All grinding processes use abrasive particles to “grind” away material from a workpiece’s surface allowing you to shape it.

Grinding is also used for polishing workpieces as well. If a workpiece has a coarse surface, grinding can make it smoother; the abrasive particles on the grinding wheel will smooth and polish the surface.

What is Turning?

Turning is similar to grinding in that it removes material from the workpiece during the process. The turning process requires a turning machine to rotate the workpiece at high speeds which is secured to a fixture while the cutting tool feeds into the rotating workpiece and cuts away material in the form of small chips to create the desired shape.

Turning is used to produce rotational, typically axis-symmetric parts that have many features, such as holes, grooves, threads, tapers, various diameter steps, and even contoured surfaces. Parts that are fabricated completely through turning often include components that are used in limited quantities, perhaps for prototypes, such as custom designed shafts and fasteners. Turning is also commonly used as a secondary process to add or refine features on parts that were manufactured using a different process.
Contact us at Coastal Metals today and we can help you with your next project. Our experts have years of experience when it comes to large scale fabrication, and fully understanding the supply chain which allows us to help our clients with locating and sourcing the proper materials for their projects.

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