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From the Metalcutting Fluids program, this Metalcutting Fluids Introduction explains how cutting fluids serve several functions during a machining operation, such as, controlling heat generation by reducing friction between the tool and material, removing chips from the work area, prolonging tool life, maintaining surface integrity of the part, and preventing corrosion.
This program also gives an in-depth examination of what fluids actually do during the metalcutting process, and features segments on cutting fluid types, fluid application systems, and cutting fluid maintenance.
By Gary Conner
By George N Bullen FSME