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Single Point Cutting Tool: Definition, Geometry, Nomenclature, And Angle [PDF]

A cutting tool is a wedge shape device that removes material from blanks to give it a size and shape. In the single point Cutting tool, there is only a single point of contact between the tool and the workpiece. So let’s learn more about Single Point Cutting Tool in this article.

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How does Cutting Tool work?

While machining or cutting operation, the cutting tool compresses a thin layer of metal around it and eventually shear it off when the pressure becomes excessive.

To cut metals, three relative motions are required. Those are feed, velocity, and depth of cut. Though the cutting tool does not provide all these motions, the cutting tool is designed in such a shape that the machine can provide all those motions.

The size and shape of the machine tools largely depend on the operation that is intended. However, the basic principles remain the same.

Types of Cutting Tool

Based on how many surfaces or wedges of the tool has to touch against the workpiece, machine tools are divided into the following types.

  • Single point Cutting tool
  • Double point Cutting tool
  • Multi point Cutting tool

Single Point Cutting Tool Definition

As the name suggests, single point Cutting tool has a single wedge that touches the workpiece and remove metals. Single point Cutting tools are used for various operations like turning , facing etc in machines like lathe, planer , shaper machines.

Please make a note that even a single point cutting tool may have more than one wedge but only one wedge touch the workpiece per shot. If there two wedges touching the workpiece per shot then it is called a double point Cutting tool and if there are multiple wedges touching at a time then it is called multi point Cutting tool.

The point of the single point Cutting tool is bounded by the face along which the chips travels through after the tools removes the metal chips.

Single Point Cutting Tool Nomenclature

We will talk about different single point Cutting tool nomenclature based on its geometry and different angles. Here is the nomenclature of the different areas of a single point Cutting tool.

single point cutting tool
  • Shank
  • Flank
  • Face
  • Heel
  • Nose
  • Cutting edge


This is the main body of the tool. The shank is used to hold the tool.


The surface adjacent to the cutting edge is called flank.


The face is the area along which the metal chips slides out after cutting operation.


This area is the intersection between flank and the base of the tool


This is the area where the side cutting edge and the end cutting edge meets.

Cutting edge

This is the area that actually cuts the metal. Cutting edge consists of side cutting edge, end cutting edge and the nose.

Here are the different angles that are available in a cutting tool geometry

  • Side cutting edge angle
  • End cutting edge angle
  • Side relief angle
  • End relief angle
  • Back rack angle
  • Side rack angle

Side cutting edge angle

The angle between the side cutting edge and the side of the tool is called site cutting edge angle. This is also called the lead angle

End Cutting Edge Angle

This is the angle between the end cutting edge and a line perpendicular to the tool shank.

Side Relief Angle

It is the angle between the portion of the side flank immediate after The side cutting edge and a line perpendicular to the base of the tool

End Relief Angle

It is the angle between the portion of the end flank immediate after the end cutting edge and a line perpendicular to the base of the tool.

Back Rack Angle

Back rack angle is the inclination of the face towards or away from the end cutting edge. If the inclination is downwards towards the end cutting edge then the back rake angle is negative and if the inclination it upwards from the end cutting edge then the back rake angle is positive.

Side Rake Angle

Side rack angle is the inclination towards or away from the side cutting edge. If the inclination is towards the side cutting edge then the angle value is negative but if the inclination in away from the side cutting edge, then it’s positive.

Single Point Cutting Tool Material

Here are the materials that is widely used in single point cutting tool

  • High carbon steel
  • Ceramics
  • Diamonds
  • High-speed steel
  • Cemented carbide
  • Cubic boron nitride (CBN)

Single Point Cutting Tool Application

Here are the machines or operations where single point cutting tool is mainly used.

  • Shaper Machine
  • Planner Machine
  • Lathe Machine

Single Point Cutting Tool Advantages

  • Simple in design
  • Easy to manufacture
  • Relatively cheap compared to other types of tool
  • A wide variety of operations can be performed

Single Point Cutting Tool Disadvantages

  • The low material removal rate
  • Less productive and can not be used for mass production
  • High wear rate
  • Short tool life
  • High Cutting temperature

Conclusion : Single Point Cutting Tool

That’s all we have in this article. I hope that you all got a fair idea and single point cutting tool and various terminology used in its geometry.

It is a perfect tool for the tool shop but due to its limitations it is not widely used in mass production. I hope all your questions on single point cutting tool is cleared by now. If you still have any questions or queries, please do write in the comment section and I will be happy to help.

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