Cutting Fluid

A liquid used to cool and lubricate the cutting to improve the work surface finish.

The main function of the fluid is to cool and-or lubricate.

Materials and Cutting Fluids
Aluminium kerosene or rubbing alcohol
Cast Ironmachined dry
Brassmachined dry
Bronzeregular cutting oil or fluid
Electric Discharge Machine (EDM)dielectric fluid
Mild Steelregular cutting oil or fluid


Mixture of concentrate and water prepared to restore depleted cutting fluid to its original state.

See also: Cutting Speed, Cutting Tool.

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Subjects: Mechanical Engineering