| 1 MINUTE READ

How Swiss-Type Machining is Different

When you go from using a conventional CNC lathe to using a CNC Swiss-type for the first time, your thinking changes. Doug Paoletta of Encompass Swiss Consulting says there are five differences.

Share

Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon
�

 

When you go from using a conventional CNC lathe to using a CNC Swiss-type for the first time, your thinking changes. Doug Paoletta of Encompass Swiss Consulting says these are the differences:

1. Making a turn length longer or a drilled hole deeper entails a Z-plus offset on the Swiss-type. (It’s Z-minus on a conventional lathe.)

2. The machining of long parts has to be divided into short segments on the Swiss, because the part can’t be allowed to extend too far from the guide bushing.

3. The size and material of the guide bushing are two important considerations in Swiss machining that don’t exist on a typical CNC lathe.

4. The cutting fluid is usually oil instead of water.

5. Machining cycles are complex and they move very fast.

For more detail, including elaboration on all of the points above, read this article about a shop that implemented its first CNC Swiss-type machine.

Related Topics

RELATED CONTENT

  • Why Y-Axis For Turn/Mill Machines?

    Live tooling on turning centers greatly expands multiple processing capability. With the addition of Y-axis, turning and machining process integration takes a significant step further. Here's how the technology works.

  • Pinch Milling from Top to Bottom

    A multitasking (turnmill) machine that can mill a workpiece top and bottom at the same time has advantages for long, slender workpieces such as turbine blades, propellers and aerospace structural components. Includes video.

  • Multitasking's "Big" Advantage

    As demonstrated at this Cincinnati-area shop, machines that both mill and turn shine brightest when workpieces are massive.