Multi-axis turn mill machines for volume parts and conventional 2 axis machines for lower volume accompanied with EDGECAM software for fast accurate programming.Multi-Axis Turning: Seven turn / mill machines available to enable more complex components to be completed in a single cycle. Two multi axis sliding head machines for small part volume production.2 Axis Turning: Two XYZ Protrak Centre Lathes to satisfy low volume and larger components and 1 Hardinge Conquest 42 Lathe to ensure medium volume turning requirements are met efficiently.
Our diverse range of turning machines with driven tooling capabilities provide us with the ability to produce parts economically and accurately off a single machine rather than the conventional method of turning followed by milling. For fast efficient programming parts are programmed directly from your CAD files using our inhouse seat of EDGECAM.
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SHOULD I USE CNC TURNING TO CREATE MY PART?
There are many different factors that determine whether or not it is economical to create a part on a CNC turning centre. In particular, it is worth looking at the following:
NUMBER OF PARTS REQUIRED:
CNC turning centres are best used for prototype parts or those with a short-run volume. Larger quantities are best created through other methods.
CONVERTING A CAD MODEL INTO A PERFECT CNC PROGRAM
The completed design is taken into a CNC-compatible file format.
SIZE OF THE OD:
CNC machines come with limits on the OD size for collected parts. It is possible to achieve a larger OD by chucking the parts individually but this drives up production costs and takes longer.
AVAILABILITY OF OTHER MACHINES:
When other machines can do the job more efficiently than a CNC turning centre it is best to consider all of the available options. Questions such as “which machine has the better volume or lead time?” should be asked and the requirements of the project will then determine which to use.
What are the Advantages of CNC Turning?
Precision: Thanks to the programming entered into the machine there is next to no human error and all parts are created to within 1/1000th of an inch of the specifications.
Endurance: A CNC turning machine is capable of working continuously for long stretches of time and requires only brief shutdown periods for general maintenance or repair.
Complexity: A CNC turning machine is capable of producing parts in tandem with design software that are far more complex than anything a human could replicate with manual tools.
Labour light: Very few people are required to program and operate multiple CNC machines. Where manual machines require at least one operator per machine, several CNC turning machines can be run by only a few people.
Uniformity: All components produced with such accuracy that there will be next to no variation between the results.
Safety: Fewer operators and greater levels of automation mean that CNC turning machines are incredibly safe as all personnel are able to complete all the necessary work from a safe distance.
Low maintenance: CNC turning machines require little maintenance other than to sharpen the tools and other light cleaning tasks that are performed at regular intervals.
We have a wide variety of processes available to ensure components are manufactured using the most economic methods.