CNC Specs for the Lathe

Provided by: ToolingU

This class identifies common specifications of CNC lathes and describes the various features and options available on different machines.

Course Objectives:

  • Distinguish among mill specifications, features, and options
  • Distinguish between specifications that describe the interior of a lathe
  • Distinguish among interior lathe specifications
  • Describe the importance of spindle speed for a lathe
  • Describe the relationship between horsepower and torque
  • Distinguish between a vertical and horizontal lathe
  • Describe the importance of rapid axis travels and thrust
  • Distinguish among lathe tool specifications
  • Describe the relationships among accuracy, positioning, and repeatability
  • Distinguish among a lathe's coolant specifications
  • Explain machine dimensions
  • Identify lathe features that directly affect machining capability
  • Identify lathe features that directly affect the complexity of parts
  • Identify lathe features that directly improve workpiece handling
  • Identify lathe features that directly improve the use and maintenance of cutting tools
  • Identify lathe options that directly improve job setup and quality control.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for all manufacturing personnel operating CNC machines.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, CNC Lathe Basics, Lathe Tools, Quality Control

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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