A chamfering machine is a machinery that can process the cutting of transitional edge between two faces on an object. Pipe chamfering is such process to be done on the pipe objects. Sometimes chamfering is defined as a form of bevel, and it is often processed at a 45 degree angle between two adjoining right-angled faces. This process is frequently used in the industry.
In general, chamfering machines are frequently used in metal machining, carpentry, furniture manufacturing, concrete formwork, printed circuit boards to facilitate assembly of many mechanical engineering designs. This process can achieve well designed structure as well as shapes. Application-wise, chamfering machines are usually utilized to facilitate the assembly of components that are designed for interference fit or to aid assembly for parts which are inserted by hands. Some flexible materials such as fluid power seals would generally request for a shallower angle which is usually over 45 degrees.
During the chamfering process, a chamfering machine is a slope cut at any right angle edge. Targets such as holes, the ends of rods, bolts, and pins are to be focused. Furthermore, there are still some other targets, such as the corners of the lengthy edges of plates, or any other objects in which both surfaces contact at a sharp angle.
In these cases, the processing of the chamfering process help ease the assembly procedure followed. Because after the chamfering, the insertion of the components such as bolts into the holds are much refined. Nowadays, many machine tool manufacturers tend to add some other functionality onto their machinery products. Chamfering is one of the popular functions that can be added. Some lathe machines may be equipped with the milling function, and some milling machines may be designed with the drilling and tapping functions as well. Machine centers are the most popular machine tool options for manufacturers to add such functionality. Machine centers designed with chamfering function are now very common and useful to industrial manufacturers with various processing steps. The added functions can help integrate steps together.
Recently, the development of machine centers becomes more and more urgent for manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and 3C consumable markets. Machining center is one of the most efficient ways of metalworking solution in the industry these days. Among all the classifications, there are mainly three types of construction methods that constitute a 5 axis machine with the chamfering functionality. And the functionality of chamfering is also developed on other machine tool models such as chamfering mill. It is also important to know more about other milling based machine tool here.
Swing head alone is a type that is able to achieve most processing angles. This kind of 5 axis machines is considered convenient as well as other 5 axis compositions, such as four plus one, and three plus two machining centers. But both four plus one and three plus two are expected to be with more practical advantages due to the existing three axis arrangement. The three axes are the very basis of the moving tracks on the main body.
Conventional machining centers are designed at least with three axes, namely, x, y, and z, and for both vertical and horizontal models, either one could be equipped with other axes in order to make the machine 5 axes for better working capacities. The additional two axes designed on the rotary table assist the x, y, and z axis to move onto two new working dimensions that permit multiple angles of possible cutting processes. The same situation applied to the four plus one structure. All these mechanisms are often under the control of computer numerical control system unit. This controlling unit makes synchronized actions perfectly matched with the ideal accuracy as well as precision standard.
Today, some machine tool manufacturers other than machine center producers are trying to make their products versatile by adding the chamfering feature as well. Although they are not as versatile as 5 axis machining centers, they are very strong in machining all kinds of work pieces with complicated methodologies once if the onsite operators can add some other automatic procedures onto their production lines with integrity of chamfering features. In sum, to chamfer the pipes, the corresponding machines have to be able to do a lot of complicated series of works and coordinated with the other components at the same time. Pipe forming is never an easy job and how and what to design the pipe chamfering machines are critical for end consumers in the industrial market to speed up their maximum productivity during the manufacturing process.
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