7/13/2015

Swiss-Type Machining Tips

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Even a person who is familiar with conventional turning ceners can stumble when learning how to operate a Swiss-type lathe with its signature sliding headstock design.

With many shops adopting Swiss-type machining, operators need to start from scratch to learn the ins and outs of this platform and to ensure that the machining processes run smoothly. Training new operators on these lathes may consist of micrometers, reading prints and so on. This article from PM’s sister publication, Modern Machine Shop, gives tips from one shop who has been through the process of training for Swiss-type. Tips include knowing the difference between a headstock collet and a guide bushing; measuring each bar before installing; taking care when offsetting tools, knowing the workpiece material, and more. Read “New to Swiss-Type Turning” for the complete article.


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