16-Speed Lathe Features Two-Axis DRO
The South Bend Lathe Co. offers the Turn-X 16-speed lathe as part of its Toolroom series, featuring the Fagor ProKit two-axis digital readout (DRO). The lathe’s 5.0/2.5-hp D1-5 spindle uses high-precision spindle bearings and is powered by a two-speed, 220-V, three-phase motor. The bed is constructed of precision-hardened and ground Meethanite cast iron, and swing over the bed measures 14.17". The lathe offers a foot brake, a chuck safety shield with micro-switch shutoff, and an adjustable feed-rod stop. It is equipped with a coolant system featuring a pull-out chip tray and full-length, rounded-corner splash guard.
A leading manufacturer of high-performance valve train components installed a twin spindle/twin-turret lathe to bring camshaft machining work in-house. Here, the company explains how it has become more effective using its multifunction lathe to produce small batches of custom racing camshafts.
While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the same for each of these situations.
The right choices in tooling and technique can optimize the thread turning process.