Metal Cutting

Turning Machines

“Turning” defines the work that is traditionally done on a lathe. “Turning centers” is a term sometimes applied to machines with secondary spindles and/or rotating tools for milling and drilling. Another term, “turn/mill or multitasking” describes machines that can be thought of as being just as capable at milling and drilling as they are at turning. Lathes, turning centers and turn-mill machines can have horizontal or vertical spindles, with horizontal being most common. Machines with a vertical spindle are generally called a vertical turret lathe, or VTL. If the workpiece is held from above by the vertical spindle, then this type of turning machine is generally called an inverted vertical lathe.

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Okuma LU3000 EX-M

Thermal Stability Enables Lathe to Perform Heavy Cutting at High Speeds

By: Jedd Cole
Okuma’s LU3000 EX-M four-axis CNC lathe is designed for thermal stability, chatter prevention, heavy-duty cutting at high speeds and maximized uptime.

Global Shop Solutions Offers Website Redesign, Management Service

By: Jedd Cole
The Websites Plus service redesigns manufacturers’ websites and integrates them with the company’s ERP software for order status, shipping and other functions.

Ganesh

CNC, Engine Lathes Available

By: Jedd Cole
Ganesh Machinery has announced that Ganesh CNC Production Machine Tools and Ganesh Toolroom Machinery will operate as two distinctly separate divisions of the company, offering CNC and engine lathes, respectively.

Hanwha Machinery XD42

Swiss-Type Lathe Enables Work with Larger Parts

By: Jedd Cole
Hanwha Machinery’s XD42 is a larger-capacity Swiss-type machine designed to enable operators to produce larger-diameter Swiss parts.

CNC Indexing and Feeding Technologies Tracer Vs-105XL

Automatic Bar Loader for Multiple, Heavy Bars

By: Jedd Cole
The Tracer Vs-105XL, available from CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies, is a bar loader designed for heavy bars with diameters ranging to 4 1/8" (105 mm) and lengths ranging to 72".


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