Lathe machine course

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The Lathe machine course is mainly focused on the knowledge and use of tools and inserts. It aims to provide the various figures in the workshop with the necessary elements to manage the machine tool, making the best use of inserts and equipment. It will start from the primary objective of chip removal, i.e. production and therefore the chip volume, and will then address all aspects related to cutting parameters such as depth of cut, feed rate and cutting speed. The technical information for the correct choice of parameters based on the machining operation and the material to be machined will be provided. We will then move on to a description of turning tools and the geometric aspects of the tool that influence the chip formation process. This is a fundamental course for all lathe operators, enabling them to become fully aware of all technical aspects related to chip removal technology in turning.

95€ (VAT excluded)

Course description

The lathe machine course is an essential tool for learning turning technology with the right mix of technical skills and practical aspects of chip removal in turning. The lathe machine course aims to provide the various people who gravitate to the workshop with the necessary elements to operate the machine tool and make the best use of inserts and equipment.

It will start with a description of turning tools and the geometric aspects of the tool that affect the chip formation process (registration and rake angles). This part of the lathe machine course will be essential for learning about angles and geometries both for the correct selection of them and for entering data into the tool tables of numerical controls and CAM programs.

A specific section will address cutting parameters: depth of cut, feed rate and cutting speed. Some lessons will be entirely dedicated to the correct knowledge of cutting materials with a focus on cemented carbide, its manufacturing process and the correct quality selection based on the material to be machined. Once you know all the aspects involved in the turning process you will finish with the primary objective of chip removal, i.e., production and chip volume, learning how to properly select all the elements to get the maximum benefit from the machine and tool. This is an essential course for lathe operators to become fully aware of chip removal technology in turning.


  • Basic knowledge of machining operations
  • Minimum knowledge of maths

Frequently asked questions

  • What topics are covered in the lathe machine course?

    • In the lathe machine course, all aspects of turning technology are covered: choice of tool, tool material according to the material to be machined, cutting parameters, wear, cutting law, hints of machining economy, power, internal machining and finishing.
  • Who is the lathe machine course for?

    • The lathe machine course is aimed at all those who already operate or work on turning machine tools, but also at those who want to approach the world of machining.
  • Is it also suitable for a milling machine?

    • Analysing and learning all the concepts of turning technology can also be particularly useful for a milling machine operator, in order to understand all the phenomena associated with chip removal.
  • How is the lathe machine course delivered?

    • Once you have purchased the course, you will immediately have access in your reserved area to the lessons of the course to follow freely. Each lesson, in addition to a video part, is accompanied by an extensive in-depth analysis. The lessons do not have an expiry date and the user has unlimited access to the lesson material. The lessons will also have downloadable material: handbooks and tables.
  • Will I receive a certificate at the end of the lathe machine course?

    • At the end of the lessons, a participation certificate will be available if the minimum score on the quizzes and tests is passed.
  • How long does it take to follow the whole course?

    • The video part of the course is more than 4 hours long. It has to be considered that the content is explained rather intensively so that whole lessons or parts of lessons require to be watched several times. In-depth studies require another 4 hours to be read and the exercises to be carried out require a total of at least 1 hour.
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Lathe machine course

Exercises performed

There are no exercises in this course.

Lathe machine course



Introduction to the turning course

A short introduction to the turning course: how the course is structured and an overview of the topics covered.

ISO insert nomenclature – Part 1

ISO insert: analysis of insert shape, nose angles and fastening systems

ISO nomenclature of the inserts – Part 2

Second part of the insert ISO nomenclature

Tool cutting edge angle

Tool cutting edge angle and its application in CNC programming

Side rake angle

Full explanation of the side rake angle and its influence on the chip thickness, the cutting force and the chip formation.

Tool materials

Detailed description of HSS, ceramic, CBN, diamond, features and applications

Cemented carbide

Cemented carbide: its composition, its production cycle, the properties and coating techniques of cemented carbide tools.

ISO classification of workpiece material

Tool material definition according to application and material to be machined. Practical cases of selecting the most suitable tool material for the machining operation

Metal removal rate (MRR)

How to calculate and analyse the volume of chip removed

Cutting speed

Cutting speed calculation formula and practical applications in programming


How to choose and configure the feed rate. Analysis of a first wear and the main cutting forces in turning machining.

Depth of cut

Choosing the depth of cut, its influence on cutting power and on tool life

Economic tool life

Tool life, the influence of parameters on its duration, economic duration and its formula with application examples


Taylorism, tool life formula, wear development over time and influence of cutting parameters

Types of wear

Analysis of various types of cutting edge wear, causes and remedies and wear of carbide inserts

Cutting power

Calculation of cutting power, tangential force, Kc and its variation in accordance with the rake angle

Cutting power – practical application

Practical case of calculation of kc and cutting power

Internal turning – Part 1

Technical features of internal tools, alpha and lambda angles and the choice of tool material

Internal turning – Part 2

Practical tips to reduce vibrations

Side finishing operations

Cutting parameters and tools choice for side finishing operations

The Teacher

Fabrizio Fattore, currently employed as a training specialist at Angelo Ghezzi, has spent his entire professional career in contact with machining, combining his technical skills with his great gift as a communicator. After finishing his studies, he began his career with his first experiences in the workshop and in tool sales, but his professional and personal enrichment came in the mid-1990s when he joined the Coromant world, where for 14 years he took on the role of technical trainer in the Coromant training centre in Milan. During these 14 years, he trained any figure related to metal cutting. Operators, programmers, time and method analysts workshop managers and tool supply officers holding courses in turning technology, milling, drilling and machining economy. He holds numerous collaborations with research centres and universities. Milan and Brescia Polytechnics, the Fiat research centre, La Sapienza University, the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Faenza.

Lathe machine course