Machine Tool  Systems Page
The study of manufacturing processes must pay attention to machine tools.  While manufacturing processes are clearly more than traditional machine tools, their importance to the broad field of manufacturing processes and systems is critical.  Most machine tools are constructed by using two or more elements, such as a base and a headstock.  These elements, though having different functions in a lathe, mill, or drill press, have common characteristics.  Important requirements for machine tool structures include rigidty, shape, operator and part accessibility, ease of chip removal, and safety.  In terms of machine tool performance, static and dynamics stiffness is necessary for accuracy and precision.  This section includes primers on the modeling, metrology, dynamics, structures of machine tools.  It also includes primers on fixturing and automation of machine tools. Some of the primers in this section are supplemented by computer applications.

Machine Tools