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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.



Mazak Quick Turn Universal 250MSY turning center

CNC Turning Center Enables Multitasking, Automation

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Mazak will showcase its Quick Turn Universal (QTU) 250MSY turning center designed for shops focused on small parts production.

Large CNC Multi-Spindle

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
If you like the high speed of rotary transfer machines, the precision and quick change-over of CNC machines and the advantage of precise run-out and concentricity from bar machines, the ZPS TMZ eight-spindle CNC multi-spindle screw machine could be the answer to you our questions and will also keep your change-over costs affordable.

Multi-Spindle Machines and Experts on Hand

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Multi-spindle lathe experts at Wickman are giving real-time demonstrations of their machinery in the company’s booth.

Multitasking Turning Centers Equipped with Y Axis

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
Doosan’s Lynx 220LSY Series is a range of compact and high-speed multitasking turning centers featuring a Y axis.

Breton five-axis gantry machining center

Multitasking Machining Center Features High-Speed Tilt Table

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Breton’s five-axis gantry machining center is designed for precise, reliable milling and turning of small to large workpieces in materials ranging from super alloys to composites.


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