CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2014 Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart


  • Robert Heinemann
Reference work entry


Drilling is the process of creating or enlarging holes by rotary movement of either a circular single or multi-edged tool or of the workpiece.

Theory and Application

Overview of Drilling Processes

The most relevant drilling processes are depicted in Fig. 1. They all have in common that they involve two motions relative between tool and workpiece simultaneously: a rotation around and a linear movement along the tool’s centerline axis. Usually, it is the drilling tool rotating and moving forward, but in certain applications, as, for instance, on a lathe, it can be the workpiece rotating and the tool moving forward.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil EngineeringThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK