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Designing for Machinability

James E. Thompson (Specification Engineer, Vultee Aircraft, Inc.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 October 1941


DRILLING, REAMING, COUNTERBORING, THREADBORING, ETC. THROUGHOUT the design of every machined part the designer should follow the practice of visualizing the machining involved, and make a genuine effort to design for “machinability” by avoiding all difficult operations. This factor cannot be over‐emphasized, as it is only too easy to complicate the machining of a part unnecessarily by lack of forethought during the design.


Thompson, J.E. (1941), "Designing for Machinability", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 13 No. 10, pp. 289-293.




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