What Is A CNC Turning Center?
Turning: Turning is basically the process of cutting a piece on a lathe. Material: The material used to cut the object is called the tool. Tools can be manual or automated. Turning Tool: The turning tool is the mechanical cutting machine affixed to the lathe to manufacture various parts. Turning Center: A turning center generally is a large lathe with CNC computer numerical control (CCN). The process of turning starts with the operator placing the material to be turned on the lathe and running it through the turning machine.
The turning operation begins with the tool being turned on, where it moves forward until the work surface is contacted by the rotating cutter which cuts it. Then it is moved along the work axis until it strikes the work surface. After this it is passed through a series of cutters to shape it. CNC milling centers are capable of performing the above operation. They have advanced tools for precise cutting, holding tools and even complex programs for programmed turning. With their CNC tooling and milling centers, they can perform this process many times more quickly than the human workers.
CNC machining centers are very similar to fully automated machines. But with CNC milling centers, they are computer controlled. This means that the operators need not always monitor and program their machines. They can leave their work to a computer program to run while they oversee other aspects of production. The machines, however, still need maintenance from time to time.
CNC machining centers offer a variety of tools. These include robotic arms for cutting and holding materials as well as tools for drilling, tapping, and threading. The tools can be used for almost any type of CNC operation including abrasive sanding, grinding, beading and polishing. If you have your own turning machine, then you can also purchase CNC computer numerical control tooling and grinding systems. When you have your own machine and tooling, you can create higher quality work, which increases your profitability.
Another way in which a CNC machining center can improve profitability is by reducing cycle time. High cycle time means that your product is delayed longer. To remedy this problem, you can request a batch of material to be made to a single machining center or have a single material produced in multiple runs through a CNC turning machine. By reducing cycle times, you can make each batch more effective. In addition, by increasing the number of finished products per batch, you can bring down the cost per product.
A CNC turning center can perform many common operations for woodturners, such as drilling, milling, turning, bending and polishing. Most turning centers now have a vertical alignment system with computer software that allows the operator to program the machines. With computer software, you can control the lathes and grinders from anywhere in the world. This gives woodturners more flexibility, particularly in areas that are too remote to receive conventional machining. Turning centers can also offer services such as CNC routing, CNC material testing and CNC inspection among others. With these capabilities, turning centers are ideal for small to mid-sized woodturning businesses.