How do you identify a turning insert?

Identifying a turning insert is important in machining operations, as it helps ensure you select the right tool for the job. Turning inserts often have specific shapes and features that determine their suitability for various turning operations. Here is a brief overview of the key factors to consider when identifying turning inserts:

Insert Material:

Carbide: Most common and versatile material, suitable for a wide range of materials, including steel, stainless steel, and cast iron.

Ceramic: Used for high-speed and high-temperature cutting of superalloys and hardened steels.

Cubic Boron Nitride (CBN): Ideal for machining hardened steels and other superalloys.

Diamond: Used for cutting non-ferrous materials, ceramics, and composites.

Insert Shape:

Different inserts have various shapes and geometries, including square, round, triangular, diamond, and more. The shape determines the insert's primary application and cutting direction.

Insert Size:

Inserts come in various sizes, typically specified by their dimensions, such as length, width, and thickness. The size affects the depth and width of the cut.

Insert Chipbreaker:

Chipbreakers are notches or grooves on the insert that control chip formation and evacuation. They come in various styles, like S-shaped, M-shaped, or C-shaped, and help optimize chip control during machining.

Insert Coating:

Many inserts are coated with coatings like TiN (Titanium Nitride), TiCN (Titanium Carbonitride), or TiAlN (Titanium Aluminum Nitride) to improve wear resistance and extend tool life.

Machining Parameters:

Refer to the insert manufacturer's documentation or guidelines to determine the recommended cutting parameters (e.g., cutting speed, feed rate) for the insert.

To identify a turning insert accurately, you can browse our official website where we provide detailed information about  products including part numbers and specifications. You can also contact us for guidance and we can help you select the right blade for your specific application.