Zone: Turn/Mill Machines

OVERVIEW: Turn/Mill Machines are machines that are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations (namely milling and drilling). Generally these machines are based on lathes. The machine is typically recognizable as a horizontal or vertical lathe, with spindles for milling and drilling simply available at some or all of the tool positions. With a machine such as this, a part requiring a variety of operations can be machined in one setup, particularly if a subspindle allows the part to be passed from one spindle to another during machining. More recently introduced turn/mill machines depart from the lathe design into something much more like a hybrid machine—combining a lathe’s chucks and spindles with the travels and milling power of a machining center. One of the most significant issues with these types of machines in general is figuring out just which parts to run on them. Many shops have discovered that, even though these machines developed from lathes, they are not necessarily limited to round parts. Various non-round parts can be machined on the same platform as efficiently, if not more efficiently, than on a machining center.

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Use the Machine Tool to Machine Tools

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Multitasking Helps Detroit Shop

Brothers Arnot and Matt Heller are 30-something, degreed engineers running Central Screw Products and Detroit Gun Works. They are also fourth generation, hands-on machinists and know a thing or two about machine tools, automation and the critical role of new technology in business growth....MORE

Making the Case for B-Axis Machining

As precision part designs become more complex and the economic pressure to complete more operations in a single setup increase, turning center designs are changing....MORE

The Stem Solution

A small shop committed to labor-saving automation added a nine-axis turning center to machine mountain bike stems. The value of this complex machine is that it delivers a simple process. The learning curve was worth it, the owners say....MORE

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Machining Complex Workpieces Complete

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Multitasking is Multiple Choice

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Optimizing B Axis on Gang Tool-Based Swiss Machines

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Multitasking Turning Center Offers Long Bed with Subspindle

Methods Machine Tools Inc. has introduced the Nakamura-Tome AS-200LMY-S subspindle machine, a multitasking turning center. ...MORE

Nakamura-Tome AS-200MY-S multitasking center

Subspindle Multitasking Center Extends Bed

Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Nakamura-Tome AS-200LMY-S subspindle multitasking turning center offers an upgraded long bed. ...MORE

Highly Versatile Multitasking Machine

The Mazak INTEGREX i-100ST multitasking machine features two turning spindles, a milling spindle and lower turret. ...MORE

Okuma's Multitasking CNC Turning Center Ideal for Large Part Turning and Multi-Sided Machining

Okuma‘s VTM-2000YB multitasking CNC turning center is built to handle heavy-duty turning and cutting of large parts. ...MORE

Big Multifunction Machines for Big Castings

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