Traditional Machining of Titanium
The term “machining” has broad application and refers to all types of metal removal and cutting processes. These include turning, boring, milling, drilling, reaming, tapping, both sawing and gas cutting, broaching, planing, gear hobbing, shaping, shaving, and grinding.
The technology supporting the machining of titanium alloys basically is very similar to that for other alloy systems. Efficient metal machining requires access to data relating the machining parameters of a cutting tool to the work material for the given operation. The important parameters include:
✦ Tool life
✦ Power requirements
✦ Cutting tools and fluids
Subsequent paragraphs discuss these parameters in general terms.