machinability index

machinability index

[mə‚shēn·ə′bil·əd·ē ‚in‚deks]
(metallurgy)
A numerical value that designates the degree of difficulty or ease with which a particular material can be machined; originally based on turning B1112 steel at 180 feet per minute (0.9144 meter per second) with a high-speed tool for an index of 100; with replacement of high-speed steels with carbides in turning operations, it has been found that the machinability index of a given material changes with the type of operation and the tool material.
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These materials simply don't machine well because their machinability index is very low.