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Turn/Mill & Multitasking Machines

Turn/Mill Machines are machines that are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations (namely milling and drilling). Generally these machines are based on lathes. 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. With a machine such as this, 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. One of the most significant issues with these types of machines in general is figuring out just which parts to run on them. Many shops have discovered that, even though these machines developed from lathes, they are not necessarily limited to round parts. Various non-round parts can be machined on the same platform as efficiently, if not more efficiently, than on 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.



Ganesh Cyclone 78-MYS twin-spindle multitasking lathe

Multitasking Lathe Machines Complex Aerospace Workpieces

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The six-axis Ganesh Cyclone 78-MYS twin-spindle, single-turret multitasking lathe is designed to get complex work done efficiently in a single operation.

Twin Spindle Single Turret Multitasking Lathe

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
The Ganesh Cyclone 78-MSY is a six-axis twin-spindle single-turret multitasking lathe designed to get complex work done efficiently in one seamless operation.

Making it in Medical

By: Derek Korn
Here are the challenges that modern medical machine shops face and how they have helped shape this shop in particular.

Delcam Extends Support for Multitasking Machines in PartMaker 2015

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Delcam has released PartMaker 2015, the latest version of its PartMaker CAM software for programming CNC mills, lathes, wire EDM equipment, turn-mill centers and Swiss-type lathes.

Weingärtner Maschinenbau machine tools

Integrated Machine Tools Process Oil and Gas Products

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Weingärtner Maschinenbau offers machines for the oil and gas downhole and artificial lift industries.


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