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Conventional metal turning

Sacher’s operations in the metal processing industry have started with this very service, which is realized with a manual lathe. It is still available to this today. Conventional turning is suitable for less complex parts, especially those made as individual pieces. For jobs like these, it is faster and more efficient than CNC turning, as it does not require time-consuming machine programming. It also provides the ability to make immediate corrections and modifications.

Conventional turning on a manual lathe

Sacher started its business more than 30 years ago with a conventional turning service. Despite the passing of time, manual metal machining has not lost popularity, although its purpose is already slightly different than three decades ago. This method still has many important advantages that entrepreneurs in a variety of industries appreciate. As such, manual turning effectively complements the rest of our offer, allowing us to provide comprehensive machining services tailored to realize even the most complex and custom designs.

Conventional turning is used for internal and external machining of a specific component surface. It is a form of machining that removes material from the workpiece being processed. It is used to create parts by disposing of unwanted material from them. A suitable manual lathe is required for manual machining. The materials used in this process can vary widely – from steel, aluminum, brass, nickel, copper and colored metals to plastics. Our qualified specialists have experience working with many components, even those of a non-standard nature.

We provide conventional turning services for industry and companies in many sectors. We are working with both large, international companies, as well as smaller entities that operate on a local scale.

Manual turning – what is this service?

Manual turning, also known as hand or conventional turning, is a process in which the cutting tool shapes the workpiece during movement. This type of machining requires the use of a manual lathe, workpiece, work tool and cutting tools. The process requires an experienced operator to monitor the operation of the machine at all times. The workpiece is held in the work holder and the cutting tools (set at the correct speed and feed) move along a specific axis to remove the material layer and thus produce the required component.

A manual lathe is a machine used to form workpieces during rotation. We can distinguish several types of devices, such as engine lathes, speed lathes, tool room lathes, bench lathes, turret lathes, or special purpose lathes. Our machinery park features highly versatile models that enable us to perform conventional turning on a wide range of items. Different turning processes produce different shapes and effects on materials – we have i.e. the ability to create spherical, conical or cylindrical surfaces. Each component is made with maximum precision in order to meet all customer requirements.

In which cases should you choose manual turning?

Thanks to a large machinery park and highly trained specialists, Sacher can provide comprehensive conventional turning services for a wide range of industries. However, it should be noted that manual machining is mainly used for components with fewer complex details, especially when they are made as individual pieces. In such a situation conventional turning is by far the fastest and most efficient solution – for example, it is not necessary to program the machine every time before machining. You can also check the effects immediately after the work is completed and make any necessary corrections. There is nothing to prevent the component from being made from scratch or to modify the technical properties of a finished component.

Manual turning is usually the best choice for all kinds of prototype parts that are made in small numbers. It is suitable for small orders, research projects or orders which need to be completed as quickly as possible. Our specialists can advise you on the best machining method. Very frequently it turns out that conventional turning has saved not only time, but also money on a given job. In our business, customer satisfaction is the most important. We ensure that the proposed and completed machining meets all expectations.