Successful Deep-Hole Drilling Techniques

This article addresses the points of stress for an operator completing a deep-hole drilling process with a technical explanation of why these problems arise and how they can be avoided with proper planning.

 

deep-hole drilling tools sitting next to a ruler, which shows the tools are only 6 inches and 8 inches long

Understanding the challenges and knowing how to select and apply the appropriate tools helps a shop profit from deep-hole drilling.

Drilling holes is widely considered the most common metalworking operation among all the operations that are performed to manufacture discrete parts. Like most metalworking operations, drilling some holes is easier than others.

For many shops, the tools and techniques to successfully drill deep holes can pose a challenge. As the length-to-diameter ratio of a drill becomes larger, problems such as runout control “walking” and chip control come to the fore in ways that must be addressed that wouldn’t be a significant concern for a more conventional drill.

In the article, “Tools and Techniques for Deep Hole Drilling,” the common points of stress for the operator are addressed with a technical explanation of why these problems arise and how they can be avoided with proper planning. Drilling holes may be a common operation, but not all holes can be drilled the same way.

Applying the right tools and techniques to deep-hole drilling can result in consistent quality holes and cost savings on tooling.

Read the article here.