In machining, the rake angle is a parameter used in various cutting processes, describing the angle of the cutting face relative to the workpiece. There are three types of rake angles: positive, zero or neutral, and negative.

  • Positive rake: A tool has a positive rake when the face of the cutting tool slopes away from the cutting edge at inner side.
  • Zero rake: A tool has a zero (or neutral) rake when the face of the cutting tool is perpendicular to the cutting edge at inner side.
  • Negative rake: A tool has a negative rake angle when the face of the cutting tool slopes away from the cutting edge at outer side.
A schematic showing positive (left) and negative (right) rake angles.

Positive rake angles generally:

  • Make the tool more sharp and pointed. This reduces the strength of the tool, as the small included angle in the tip may cause it to chip away.
  • Reduce cutting forces and power requirements.
  • Helps in the formation of continuous chips in ductile materials.
  • Can help avoid the formation of a built-up edge.

Negative rake angles generally:

  • Increase the strength of the cutting edge. The tool is more blunt.
  • Increases the cutting force.
  • Increases the power required for a cut.
  • Can increase friction, resulting in higher temperatures.
  • Can improve surface finish.

Zero rake angles:

  • Easier to manufacture.
  • Easier to resharpen.
  • Less power and cutting forces than a negative raked tool.
  • Chip will wear and 'crater' the rake face.[1]

Recommended rake angles edit

Recommended rake angles can vary depending on the material being cut, tool material, depth of cut, cutting speed, machine, setup and process. This table summarizes recommended rake angles for: single-point turning on a lathe, drilling, milling, and sawing.

Material being cut Turning Rake [2] Drilling Rake [3] Milling Rake [4] Sawing Rake [5]
Aluminum 12°-25° 40° 35° 12°-25°
Brass 3°-14° 3°-14°
Bronze 5°-14° 5°-14°
Cast Iron, Gray 0°-6° 3°-6°
Copper 18°-25° 16° 18°-25°
Polystyrene 20°-25° 20°-25°
PVC 20°-25° 20°-25°
Stainless Steel 8°-10° 8°-10°
Steel, Mild 12°-14° 20° 8°-15° 12°-14°
Titanium 0°-4° 0°-4°

References edit

  1. ^ "Geometry of Single Point Cutting Tools". Scribd. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Rake Angle Versus Material". Thread Check Inc. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Machining & Metrology Unit - Handout (0102)". Archived from the original on 2001-10-27.
  4. ^ "Grinding HSS lathe tools". Steve's Workshop. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Rake angle vs material chart" (PDF). Regal Cutting Tools. Retrieved 24 November 2019.