Metal Cutting

Exploring the: Turning Machines Zone
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Multitasking Offers Medical Benefits

This shop uses a bar-fed turn-mill with a B-axis milling spindle and custom workholding strategies to more competitively machine components complete for low-margin medical devices.


Millennial Multitasking Made Easy

CNC control software is being designed with features to better fit the tendencies of younger operators.


Multitasking is More Than Doing Two Things at Once

Combining different metalcutting operations on a single machine platform is helping shops explore better ways to manufacture.


Closed-Loop Gear Production

A familiar concept is now gaining serious traction, enabling manufacturers to develop closed-loop cells that automatically match the finished product to design concept goals.


The Benefits of Horizontal Turning on a Mill-Turn Machine

A mill-turn machine that can rotate a large, bell-shaped workpiece in a horizontal orientation enabled this manufacturer to hit tight tolerance and cost targets. Minimizing non-value-added time and running lights out were also essential for success.


Stretching the Limits with Swiss

This precision component supplier has high expectations when purchasing equipment. Customer requirements are intensifying, and its new technology must keep pace.


What to Consider When Adding Angle Heads

Angle heads can enable a three-axis machine tool to be more versatile. That said, this shop explains that there’s more to getting started using them than simply loading them into a machine’s spindle.


Taking a Big Step

This Indiana shop made a leap from manual machining and basic CNC technology to a sophisticated turning cell and has not looked back. It's been a customer driven transition.


Punching Above Your Weight

A multitasking machine enabled this small shop to bid competitively against larger operations by eliminating setups and reducing cycle times, but it first had to learn what jobs work best using turn-mill equipment.


When One? When Two?

East Branch Engineering often uses live-tool turning centers to complete complex parts in one setup. However, it also leverages a flexible and reconfigurable “mini-cell” strategy to enable a single operator to tend two machines at once, essentially ...


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