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parametry toczenia - dobór parametrów obróbkowych

Turning – selection of machining parameters 5/5 (2)

Machining parameters, including turning parameters (fig. 1), are a challenge for every technologist.

turning parameters

Fig. 1. Diagram of the cutting process.

The technological cutting parameters in the turning process include:

  • cutting speed v[m/min] (1) – D – diameter of the workpiece; n – rotational speed of the workpiece (main drive)
parametry toczenia - dobór parametrów obróbkowych - równanie prędkości skrawania    (1)
  • main drive speed n [obr/min];
  • independent minute machining feed rate f [mm/min] (3) and dependent [mm/obr] (4) – distance by which the tool will move during one full revolution of the workpiece;
parametry toczenia - dobór parametrów obróbkowych (2)
parametry toczenia - dobór parametrów obróbkowych (3)
  • cutting depth ap [mm] – distance between the machining surface and the machined surface (4) – d – diameter of the workpiece; d1 – diameter of the workpiece after machiing
   parametry toczenia - dobór parametrów obróbkowych (4)
Classic lathes

In the case of conventional lathes, the selection of parameters was started with the determination of the cutting speed vc. In the next step, the value of rotational speed n for a given procedure was determined from the classical equation (1). The diameter D in the formula indicates the machined diameter. In the case of turning the face, the maximum diameter was assumed.

The chosen speed value n was compared with the Renard R20 or R40 series. Conventional lathes (figure 2) do not provide a stepless speed change. Selection of rotational speed n of the main drive consisted in comparing the calculation value with R20 or R40 (depending on the lathe) and choosing the speed n nearest but lower. Very rarely, the value determined was in line with the value from the Renard’s range.

turning parameters

Fig. 2. Classic lathe from TOP Poręba model TOP-400 – stand during TOOLEX International Fair 2016

The key task was to choose the cutting speed vc, which was determined based on the empirical formula taking into account the type of machining, workpiece material and tool material. Coefficients were selected from tabular data. The modern application of this algorithm is difficult due to incomplete tabular data. This is due to the introduction of new tool and work materials. Works on supplementing tabular data are not taken. CAM systems, CAE and expert systems have changed the approach to the selection of cutting parameters.

Selection of turning parameters

Nowadays, the selection of machining parameters is in the first step based on the parameters suggested by the suppliers of cutting tools. In the case of difficult-to-cut materials, one should also base on research to determine the optimal parameters. The overriding criterion of optimization is the cost of machining. When machining difficult-to-cut materials, the tool life period as well as the main machine time are the basic criteria for optimization. Figure 3 shows the algorithm for selecting machining parameters.

turning parameters

Fig.3. Algorithm of procedure in the selection of machining parameters for turning.

Workpiece material

In order to facilitate the selection of parameters, ISO material groups are used. There are 6 material groups – table 1.


Table 1.
Workpiece material ISO Exemplary material (form)
steel P low-alloy steel
stainless steel M austenitic stainless steel
cast iron K grey cast iron, ductile cast iron
aluminum alloy N cast
heat-resisiting alloy S highly alloyed based on iron, nickel, cobalt and titanium
hardened steel H hardened and tempered steel


Type of machining

The type of processing in the accepted context refers to the qualitative aspects. There are three basic types of processing: roughing, shaping and finishing. Table 2 presents illustrative descriptions of particular types.


Table 2.
Machining type: Technological characteristics:
  • machining at maximum efficiency;
  • machining with high depth of cut and with a high feed rate;
  • tool blade wear;
  • general applications;
  • a wide range of possible values and mutual combinations of depth of cut and feed rate;
  • machining with small depths of cut and low feeds – does not apply to HSM (High Speed Machining);
  • low cutting forces;


Machining conditions

At this stage of selecting the machining parameters, we define the conditions of the technological operation (table 3) which affects the selection of the tool material (eg type of cemented carbide with specific coatings).


Table 3.
Conditions: Technological characteristics:
Good Continuous machining. High speed. Pre-prepared workpiece. Very good fixing of the workpiece.
Average Profile machining at medium speeds. The workpiece is a forging or casting. Good fixing of the workpiece.
Hard Intermittent machining at low speeds. Casting and forging defects on the surface of the workpiece. Necessary use of inferior fixing of the workpiece.

The catalogs, whether in paper or electronic version (eg Sandvik Coromant), lead the user enabling the first selection and adjustment of machining parameters to the individual technological task. When selecting cutting tools, experience and improved engineering knowledge bases of tool suppliers play an important role. Despite the existence of classes of typical parts of machines and equipment, and due to the multifaceted nature of the cutting process itself, as well as various machining methods, there are many different cutting tools.

Turning is the basic method of machining, which at the same time well characterizes the generally understood cutting process. The constant technological progress causes changes in the selection of the values of the machining parameters. Table 4 shows the preset values of the dependent feed rate and the depth of cut depending on the type of machining.


Table 4.
Type of turning: Feed rate
f [mm/obr]
Depth of cut
ap [mm]
very rough >0,7 8 – 20
rough 0,5 – 1,5 6 – 15
slightly rough 0,4 – 1 3 – 10
moderately accurate 0,2 – 0,5 1,5 – 4
finishing 0,1 – 0,3 0,5 – 2
very precise 0,05 – 0,15 0,25 – 2

The presented algorithm of conduct depending on the supplier of cutting tools may be slightly different in details. All kinds of catalogs constitute the support of the technologist in the first selection. Even correctly selected machining parameters are subject to further optimization. Modern CAM systems in the development of the machining program also select machining parameters. Frequently, the technologist makes many iterations and analyzes of many variants of the same technological process.

  • SANDVIK Coromant information materials.
  • Teaching materials – Cracow University of Technology.
  • Author’s own notes.

About author


Born 1973. In 1993, I graduated from Technical Secondary School No. 1. In 1998, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automation (now Faculty of Production Engineering) - Warsaw University of Technology. 1997-2000 cutting tools manufacturer at VIS Precise Products Factory S.A. 2004. Unfortunately, this company no longer exists. PhD in gear technology. Production technologies and technological processes are my passion.

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