A lathe machine is a type of machine used to shape and machine many types of workpiece. Depending on the size and material of the workpiece, there are many different types of lathe machines to choose from. While lathe machines were typically only used for metal machining, modern technological advancements have broadened their functionality to work with a range of various materials. The main purpose of a lathe machine is to remove extra or unwanted material from a workpiece to create a product. Lathes are capable of producing many different shapes and forms in very little time and with high accuracy. This blog will cover the six most common types of lathe machines: the speed/wood lathe, engine lathe, tool-room lathe, capstan and turret lathe, special purpose lathe, and CNC lathe.