Physics 240 Virtual Machining Tutorial
As an aid in learning about machining read through the following online
topics (and watch the videos and animations) in the Virtual Machine
Shop. The web site is
Note that some of the topics have one or more WMV videos in the
content. By default many of the newer systems do not include software
to view WMV videos or do not have a default application specifeied for
WMV files. Windows Media Player is available on Windows 10. vlc is
an option for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Engine Lathe Topics
- Functions and
Controls, Robert Meeker.
Function of a Lathe, rotation of the work piece (WMV video).
Parts of a Lathe, a video and text description of the basic lathe
parts (WMV video).
Movements of a Lathe, a video and text description of the moving parts
of a lathe (WMV video).
Motor, and Headstock.
The Spindle, types of spindle mount, old and new.
Spindle RPM, modern gear heads and older belt drives.
and Stopping the Spindle, the power handle and the foot brake.
Speeds and Feeds, using a gear head lathe to set spindle RPM and feed
Carriage, the various parts of this very important subassembly.
Also read the following articles on the lathe:
The Milling Maching
- The Milling
- What is a
Milling Machine, description of the machine and its function.
- Types of
Milling Machines, vertical, horizontal, combination, and universal
machines. Brief history and a description of each machine type.
Bridgeport, history of the Bridgeport machine, the hallmark of vertical
Construction, descriptions of the two basic construction types of
milling machines, the column and fixed bed.
Machine Parts, explanation of the general parts of the milling machine
with emphasis on the most popular, vertical machine type.
Speeds, how the step pulley and variable drive head speeds (RPM) work
and how to change the speed on a machine.
Machine Movements, the four basic movements involving the milling machine
table and quill and using the micrometer and collar to control and
position the milling machine table.
Feed, automatic quill feed features, how quill feeds work and feed
ranges on Bridgeport-style machines.
explanation of what backlash is and why it occurs. How to avoid backlash