Metal lathes

Project: Metal lathes
Designers: Timothy Schmidt
Tools: Wrenches
Parts: Frames, Nuts, Bolts, End caps, Plates, Chucks and collets
Techniques: Tri joints, Shelf joints, Clamping brackets


A lathe (/leɪð/) is a machine tool that rotates a workpiece about an axis of rotation to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning, with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetry about that axis.



9x20 Class Lathes

Development targets

CNC lathes which are not fitted with a bar feed mechanism can equip a tool location with a bar puller like these or any of a number of other designs, to increase automation of part production.

  • tool changer
  • live tooling attachment
  • Tailstock