Seven-Axis Lathe Combines Swiss-Type CNC Machining with Laser Cutting
Tsugami/Rem Sales introduces the SS207-5AX LaserSwiss, a 20-mm, seven-axis Swiss-type CNC lathe with B-axis control. The machine combines Swiss-type CNC machining with laser cutting, enabling both operations in a single setup. All operations are programmed and driven from the machine’s FANUC 31i-B5 CNC. According to the company, the lathe is designed to decrease cycle time and support part designs that couldn’t be machined with conventional methods.
The company will also display a selection of its Swiss-type lathes, gang/turret lathes and CNC turning centers.
The rotating milling head is a defining feature on a turn-mill machine designed for efficient production of complex parts in low volumes.
Once seen as a specialty machine tool, the CNC Swiss-type is increasingly being used in shops that are full of more conventional CNC machines. For the newcomer to Swiss-type machining, here is what the learning curve is like.
My behind-the-scenes tour on the shop floor of Baker Industries began and ended with its Emco Mecof PowerMill, one of the biggest five-axis machining centers in the United States. The tour also shed light on the company’s highly aggressive approach to new equipment purchases.