Many machine shops today utilize boring procedures. This kind of service is often used to increase hole diameters and it is much more involved than simply drilling holes or reaming. Let’s take a closer look at a modern boring operation to help you get a better understanding of its importance.
What Does Boring Involve?
The main aim of the process of boring is to enlarge holes. For example, if you need to increase the inner diameter of something, it must be done while maintaining the integrity of the work piece. In other words, enlarging does little good if straightness is compromised or warping is the result and it cannot be corrected.
A boring operation can be an extremely delicate procedure requiring specialized skills and machinery. Plus, there are several types of boring methods and each one requires a different method and machine.
Boring Vs Turning
There is a big difference between boring to increase size and simply lathe turning. Even though the two processes are similar, boring requires a different kind of support and has exact requirements. Plus, inspecting the results can be difficult and this requires a great deal of skill and experience.
If you are boring out an engine cylinder, line boring (also called through hole boring) is the best choice to complete the task. This boring operation is done to a rough cut (approximate size) and then a special honing method is used to provide the close tolerances required.
A back boring operation is used to bore part way through a structure. For example, a shotgun barrel can be back bored. This increases the diameter in the section in front of the choke, essentially providing a tighter choke. It creates a closer shooting pattern and greater overall performance. This is only one example of how the modern machine shop bores a wide range of materials.