CNC Mill Turns
CNC mill turn, also called CNC turning machines, or CNC turning centers, are automated machine tools which rotate the work piece at a rotationally precise angular position to perform many different manufacturing operations, including cutting, drilling, boring, reshaping, etc. CNC mills are very popular in most modern day industries. They offer the most accurate and repeatable results in their operational processes. They have revolutionized how industries can operate by making it possible for manufacturers to use machines to control every aspect of the production process. In fact, CNC mill-turn machines are also used in some instances to complete complex tasks.
CNC machines allow manufacturers to rapidly develop or fine tune complex machined objects by using programmable software. This allows them to create more intricate object designs which would not be achievable without manual intervention. CNC machines offer several advantages over traditional milling operations. The first is that they do not require the operator to be trained in the operation of industrial machinery. The second is that CNC milling machines allow for much faster tool changes than with traditional operations; this allows for higher throughput speeds and improved quality throughout the manufacturing process.
CNC mill-turn devices come in several varieties. One variety comes with pre-programmed lathe toolpaths. Another variety has toolpaths that are completely automated. Still another variety has a combination of both pre-programmed toolpaths and automatic toolpath selections.
Typically, the lathe tool path is programmed into the machine through a series of programming interfaces. Some machines have pre-programmed toolpaths that include a program for each operation; however, additional programming may be required for specific operations. In some cases, the machine may also have a feature wherein it can automatically generate toolpaths based on pre-established program principles. In most instances, a CNC mill-turn utilizes a variation of one or more of these techniques.
In order for the CNC mill turn to operate at high efficiencies, the machine should use a series of power turrets. Power Turrets are used to provide the necessary force for the rotation and other tasks. Power Turrets can be either servo-controlled or pneumatic. Servo-controlled power turrets are typically found in CNC machines that will perform more delicate tasks, while pneumatic power turbines are used when the machine needs to be mobile and/or portable. A CNC mill turn typically incorporates both types of power technology to achieve the best efficiencies possible.
A CNC mill-turn is a critical piece of equipment for many applications. The ability to incorporate programmability and speed into a cost-efficient production process is paramount. Using a combination of machine simulation software and simulation test procedures will allow manufacturers to fine-tune the machine operation to ensure that it is an ideal fit for each operation.