When Multi-Spindles Are More Cost Effective than Swiss-Type Lathes

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Many parts cut on CNC Swiss-type lathes can be made on CNC multi-spindle lathes at significantly lower cost. Discover how CNC multi-spindle machines can turn and mill parts up to six times faster and from standard barstock.

While initially more expensive, CNC multi-spindle machines can turn and mill parts up to six times faster, and from standard bar stock.

While initially more expensive, CNC multi-spindle machines can turn and mill parts up to six times faster, and from standard bar stock.

 

Many parts cut on CNC Swiss-type lathes can be made on CNC multi-spindle lathes at a significantly lower cost. While initially more expensive, CNC multi-spindle machines can turn and mill parts up to six times faster and from standard barstock.

It’s hard to overstate the impact of being able to produce a whole category of parts much faster. For a mid-size shop running 30 Swiss-type machines under typical circumstances, 12 of those could be replaced with two or three multi-spindle machines. This frees up significant floor space and labor hours, as well as simplifies unmanned production for lights-out shifts.

If a part is less than 1.25" in diameter with a length-to-diameter ratio of at least 4:1, there is a strong probability that a Swiss-type machine is the best option. For small parts that fail to meet those criteria, a multi-spindle machine is likely to provide…READ MORE.