Turning centers are used in the majority of wood turning processes. In addition, CNC milling centers are also used by metal workers to manufacture and stamp metal. They are used for grinding, piercing, deburring and cutting. CNC turning centers are generally made using computer numerical control (CNC) technology.
A CNC turning center is a specialized machine tool that employs the action of running wheels on a lathe. The wheels are controlled by a computer that enables the lathe to turn. Turning center lathes have the ability to rotate a work piece around an axis. These machines are typically used in turning centers, lathes, and even turning machines that are equipped with a router plate. Turning centers enable users to cut large amounts of stock and to perform other complicated tasks such as drilling, routing, honing, etc.
Turning centers are normally used to make detailed curving, drilling, routing, stamping and also in some cases finishing operations. The common tools that are used in a CNC turning center are computer controlled CNC milling machines, spindles, drill presses, lathes, saws and even robotic arms. Turning machines are usually used to perform a variety of different types of machining, and sometimes complex CNC repair tasks as well.
Spindle Turning: Spindles are another type of CNC machines that are often utilized in turning centers. Spindles are similar to that of lathes in that they can be used to form large components that are then turned. There are two basic types of spindles that are used in turning machines: those that are vertical and those that are horizontal. Vertical spindles are typically used in CNC lathes and are very similar to that of a lathe. The vertical CNC machines are able to obtain accurate results, but they require additional space and heavy machinery.
HVLP: Also known as high-velocity linear fit testing equipment, help is another type of CNC machine. It is more commonly seen in turning centers and other high-velocity machining centers, and it is used for polishing and adjusting CNC parts. Unlike other types of spindle repair, hvlp machines are self-cleaning and do not require mechanical tools for repair. They are usually used in CNC turning centers that require a variety of different types of test equipment. As this type of machine uses high-speed electric motors to alter the speed of the spindle, it is also often called a velocity sensitive machining center. There are some types of help that require manual intervention to reset the speeds of the motor, but they are not common.
This type of machine tool is another popular choice for turning centers. The disadvantage of this machine tool is that it is expensive due to its complex construction. It is only suitable for turning applications with higher levels of detail or feature intricate engineering. Spindle repair is not required with this machine tool as it does not require mechanical tools for repair. It is also limited by the material and speed of the CNC turning technologies.