Automated production of, in the sense of, machine production has characteristic features: a reduction of production costs, stimulation of the development of cutting tools, and changes in the construction of machine tools, all of which work against the creation of optimal technological methods, which thrusts
the technological process of cutting into a more important position. These trends confirm that the cutting process remains one of the basic manufacturing technologies. A condition of the economic
usage of modern, automated programmed drilling machines is the optimal course of the cutting process, i.e. the use of optimal work conditions. A summary of optimal work conditions requires
knowledge of the laws of cutting theory and knowledge of the practical conditions of their application. This article presents the results of experiments that concerned the verification of machinability of work pieces of difference types of X12CrNi 18 8 austenitic stainless steel. Steel X12CrNi 18 8 is the
chief representative of the austenitic stainless steels, and this steel falls into the category of materials that are difficult to machine. The rapid development of industry is marked by the development and application of new materials with characteristics that broaden their applicable uses. Precise and reliable information on the machinability of a material before it enters the machining process is a necessity, and hypotheses must be tested through verification of actual methods. This article presents
conclusions of machinability tests on austenitic stainless steels and describes appropriate parameters for the cutting zone during the process of drilling with the goal of proposing recommendations for this steels, and to integrate current knowledge in this field with drilling and praxis. This article concerns itself with the evaluation of selected domains of machinability in compliance with EN ISO standards. The experiments were performed in laboratory conditions and verified in real conditions during
manufacture. The set-up used contained the following components: a turning machine with gas regulation of rotational frequency, a cutting tool with M20 cutter.