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Heavy Duty Lathe Processes Massive Rotor Shaft

Posted by: Jesse Kleib on June 17, 2021

The bigger the job, the bigger the machine needed to get the job done. One thing that we don’t frequently think about is how all of the parts in all of the machines around us come to life. Sometimes, we just accept things as they are and expect them to keep going. Only the people behind these things know what it takes to truly construct some of the mechanical marvels of the world.

For example, with the many components that we find under the hood of a car, some sort of machine process had to be done in order to bring all of the parts to life. However, creating a camshaft for an engine that one might find on a street car is a little bit different than creating just about any component for, say, a massive dump truck. Imagine how big something like an axle or driveshaft would have to be! From there, imagine how big the machine that makes that part has to be!

This time, we check in with one of the machines that is responsible for creating a massive component. For something like a rotor shaft that can handle 120 tons, it’s definitely not something that’s going to be able to come to life with something that fits in a small room. Instead, the massive shaft is going to have to be produced by a pretty heavy-duty lathe.

Down in the video below, we get to see this massive shaft come to life. It’s not every day that we get to see one of these huge parts up close let alone how exactly it is that it’s made. With a lathe, the people behind it can precisely trim off just enough metal to get a variety of mechanical parts exactly where they need to be. Even on the massive jobs, precision can most definitely be key

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