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Swiss-Types Offer Advantages Beyond Watchmaking

Derek Korn | Production Machining magazine

CNC sliding headstock lathes are becoming more popular among traditional machine shops for their multitasking capabilities, some offering B-axis milling spindles.

Watch a dental implant being machined

This video shows a variety of operations used to machine a dental implant component complete on a Tornos EvoDeco 16 Swiss-type as well as the action of the sliding headstock design.

Swiss-types with B-axis toolchanger

Marubeni Citizen-Cincom’s L20XII ATC is an example of a Swiss-type with a B-axis automatic tool changer. The ATC tools can be preset offline for fast setups while enabling the complete machining of complex geometry as is common to medical implants.

Thread whirling and turning performed simultaneously

For deep thread forms, thread whirling attachments can be effective. Unlike single-point threading, thread whirling units have multiple cutting inserts mounted inside a rotating ring. The thread whirling ring rotates around a cylindrical component to cut even complex double threads in one pass.

Inside a B-axis Swiss-type

This drawing shows a Tsugami TMU1 machine’s primary components and locations of its nine axes. The Swiss-type’s subspindle enables back working to be performed to machine parts complete. (Image courtesy of REM Sales)


Turn-Mills: Being About the B Axis

With the addition of powerful B-axis milling spindles and automatic toolchangers, turn-mills combine the best of milling and turning worlds.

High-Production Multitasking

Platforms such as multi-spindles and rotary transfer machines remain well-suited for high-volume production, but are now more accommodating to smaller batch sizes.

Metal Additive Manufacturing

Why are an increasing number of machine tool builders adding additive manufacturing to their equipment’s already versatile machining capabilities? Because additive and subtractive are complementary.