The SW-20 Swiss-type automatic lathe from Star CNC Machine Tool offers mechanical and control system capabilities designed for fast machining of complex components. User-friendly functions include manual handle retracing, program check, and code and alarm help, among others. The subspindle motor provides power equal to the main spindle for more efficient programming, and Star’s motion control system helps ensure uninterrupted tool paths.
The lathe is equipped with an eight-spindle toolpost with Y-axis control function designed for back-end working. Simultaneous machining is possible with opposing gang slides, for two-tool turning or milling and drilling. An electric drive is said to eliminate hydraulic pressure, reducing idle time. Collets can be opened and closed even during high-speed operation.
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Over the past decade, technology has advanced to the point that lights-out machining is more seamless than ever before, with built-in safety systems and even the ability to switch from one part to another in the middle of the night.