Use VMC As Vertical Lathe With Spindle-Mounted Chuck

Northfield Precision Instrument’s Model 350 three-jaw air chuck mounts to a BT-30 VMC and is modified for spring clamp/air open. With TIR. of 0.0001", the 3" diameter chuck rotates as fast as 4,500 rpm. It is actuated via the coolant-through-spindle passage. The company says the chuck enables a standard VMC to be used as a vertical lathe with a pallet on one side for loading and unloading workpieces.

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Among other highlights, this year’s iteration of DMG MORI’s annual open house event showcased the company’s latest efforts to connect traditionally disparate machining operations, both in the physical sense and the virtual sense.