Metal Cutting

Turn/Mill & Multitasking Machines

Turn/Mill Machines are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations such milling and cross-drilling. The machine is typically recognizable as a horizontal or vertical lathe, with spindles for milling and drilling simply available at some or all of the tool positions. A part requiring a variety of operations can be machined in one setup, particularly if a subspindle allows the part to be passed from one spindle to another during machining. More recently introduced turn/mill machines depart from the lathe design into something much more like a hybrid machine—combining a lathe’s chucks and spindles with the travels and milling power of a machining center. 

» The Five Levels of Multitasking

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Use the Machine Tool to Machine Tools


This shop has developed various time-saving tool components by creating them internally, including one tooling solution now being used by other shops as well.

The Stem Solution


A small shop committed to labor-saving automation added a nine-axis turning center to machine mountain bike stems. The value of this complex machine is that it delivers a simple process. The learning curve was worth it, the owners say.

Multitasking is Multiple Choice


Different levels of multitasking machine tools address different types of parts.



XD42 42-mm Swiss-Type Machine for Large Parts

By: Lori Beckman
The 42-mm (1.653”) machine with a guide bushing offers an additional alternative in producing some parts that were too large for a standard Swiss machine, especially the automotive industry.

Programming is Key for Vertical Multitasking

By: Chris Koepfer
This article looks at applying multitasking machines in efficient and productive ways. Moreover, it looks at how to best program the multiple operations in a sequence that optimizes production.

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Making Machine Tool Research Accessible

By: Jedd Cole
With a decision as weighty as acquiring a new machine tool, it helps to have as much data as possible close at hand.

Emag VM9 Turning Center

Turning Center Combines Turning, Milling, Drilling

By: Hannah Coombs
Emag presents the VM9 turning center, combining turning, milling and drilling on a single machine for large-part production.

Multitasking Encourages Successful Manufacturing

By: Lori Beckman
While multitasking allows a shop to perform various manufacturing operations unattended, without moving the part to other machines and refixturing, it also helps shops explore better ways to manufacture. The advantages of multitasking make manufacturing more efficient for any shop.


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