I have to admit that I was surprised to see the question come up on Google search…What is a machine shop?
There was a time not that long ago that machine shops were commonplace. It was common to see a lathe in a mechanics shop to resurface brake rotors, repair shafts or modify systems. Milling machines and lathes were in home garages, used to support and repair equipment used by the family. So what is a machine shop!?
A machine shop is a building that houses any combination of machine tools…still doesn’t answer the question does it? I guess the real question is what are machine tools?
A machine tool is a non-portable tool used for shaping and cutting metal. The word here is non-portable! These machines are heavy, rigid and powerful. It takes a lot of mass to cut and form metal.
A lathe is used to turn metal in a circular manner. You may have a pulley that needs the center made bigger to fit a shaft…you can put it in the lathe and turn it accordingly. You can find both manual and CNC operated lathes and both are still in use to this day.
A milling machine is a drilling tool used to carve and flatten various materials made of metal, and plastic. The end cutting mechanism on a milling machine is positioned so that the work-piece is moved around the cutting bit. The cutting tool stays in the center of the operation. Milling is best used to drill, flatten, step cut, and more!
To close out, a machine shop is machine tools working in symbiosis with a machinist at the helm. All in all, you will see that machine shops are one of a kind and offer many multi-purpose solutions to both local and business needs.
Contact Maine Outpost Machine Shop for more information on the industry!