CNC turning center is an advanced computer numerical control machine tool. They can have three, four, or even five axes, and a variety of cutting functions, including milling, drilling, tapping, and of course turning. These machines usually have seals to ensure that any cutting material, coolant, and components remain in the machine.
What is a CNC lathe?
CNC lathes or CNC lathes are machine tools that rotate rods of material, allowing cutting tools to remove material from the rods until the desired product is left.
The material itself is fixed to and rotated by the spindle, while the cutting tool can move along multiple axes. The types of parts made by CNC lathes are usually cylindrical or symmetrical around the axis.
What are the types of CNC turning centers?
CNC turning centers (centers) have two major categories, including horizontal turning centers and vertical turning centers.
Horizontal turning centers are more common than vertical turning centers. Although the machines are almost identical, vertical CNC turning centers have an advantage in handling heavy and short parts.
What are the benefits of CNC turning?
CNC machining is far superior to manual machining for several specific reasons:
Accuracy: Program the CNC to achieve consistent and accurate cutting to ensure product quality. It can be repeated over and over in exactly the same way.
Cost-effectiveness: Hiring someone to process parts manually on a large scale is far more expensive than having a machine do it because the machine doesn't get tired, doesn't need a lunch break, and can theoretically run 24/7.
Speed: CNC turning can produce hundreds or thousands of parts while maintaining a consistent final product.