A machine tool which spins a block of material to perform various operations to create an object which has symmetry about an axis of rotation.

Historical Notes

  1. 1797 British engineer Henry Maudslay creates the first screw-cutting lathe.

See also: Cutting Speed, Drill Press, Faceplate, Facing, Half Nut, Lathe Tool, Parting, Parting-off Tool, Roughing, Swarf, Turning, Turret Lathe, Wood Lathe.

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