Working Principle & Significances of Shaping Machine

Working principle of shaping machine

Among the range of workshop machineries available a shaping machine stays very useful to shape the surface of metal, wood or steel surfaces to a desired shape or dimension. It is quiet easy to obtain good finishing in the surfaces of the instrument. Some of the popular predetermined shapes that can be acquired through shaping machines are flat surface, shoulders, and different types of grooves. it come in different sizes hence; it is easy to choose it for workshop based on the requirement of dimensions and sizes.


The significances and applications of shaping equipment

it is used for different applications in shaping, hence, it is considered as significant workshop equipment. The cutting is processed with a special single edged accessory where to and fro strokes help in cutting the desired dimension and shape. It is found to be useful in removing scaling from metals like cast iron, where a steel shaping device can be preferred to get smooth surface in the cast iron material. Long and heavy parts can also be cut into desired shapes by heavy duty. Similarly, a wood and metal shaping machine are also available for cutting wood and various metals respectively. For obtaining precise cutting, and quality smooth surface it will stay excellent workshop equipment.

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Components of shaping device

The tools for a shaping machine differ according to the applications such as cutting, surfacing, etc. The selection of tools has to be determined in terms of the type of work piece that need to be shaped. Every component has specific function to perform in the machining process. Some of the important components that are installed with equipment are

  • Tool feed handle-Which carries the cutting tool to the machining material
  • Ram-helps the cutting tool to more to and fro
  • Vice- It is the part that hold the machining material strongly
  • Clutch Handle-Helps in starting the ram to function


Tips to select appropriate equipment for shaping requirements

Since, shaping requirements vary for different materials such as wood, metal and steel the cutting tools also has to be selected based on the thickness and volume of the machining material. For example, a straight or bent of swan-necked tool can be used for cutting in different angles and shank forms. Similarly for shouldering, grooving and hooking purposes specific tools are available. Thus investing on a shaping device brings multi-benefits for machining process. Read more about the shaping machine.

Some important suggestions to maintain the efficiency of Shaping Machines

Selecting the right kind of cutting tool is an excellent way to maintain the efficiency of the machining process. For example, it is possible to normalize the slotting tools with respect to the predetermined shape and dimension. In order to maintain proper function of the shaping device for a long run, it is better to keep the cutting edge properly sharpened. This will also save cost of cutting and shaping processes. In addition selecting the type of power source is also important, for example a v belt driven shaping are relatively less efficient than gear driven.


Investing on shaping equipment for workshop can be made more economical by choosing the right tools with respect to the desired machining process. This will also increase the efficiency of working with machineries.

Written by Yash Shah

This blog written by Mr. Yash Shah is about machine tools including workshop machinery, wood working machines, sheet metal machinery provided by Bhavya Machine Tools, a leading distributors of machine tools in India.