Turn/Mill & Multitasking Machines

Turn/Mill Machines are capable of both rotating-workpiece operations (turning) and rotating-tool operations such milling and cross-drilling. 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. 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. 
Vertical Turning Machine
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Programming Considerations for Inverted Vertical Turning

Since its inception, the self-loading/unloading design of inverted vertical turning machines has evolved to include multitasking operations that augment its original task of turning. This article looks at ways to optimize the programming of these machines and to take advantage of the multiple operations available for workpiece processing. 

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Applying Multitasking’s Versatility

Already finding success with its milling machines, this shop gained still more productivity when the manufacturer added turning capabilities to the latest models.

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Hybrid Multi-Tasking Machine Includes Five-Axis Capability

Mazak’s VC-500 AM hybrid multi-tasking machine includes additive and subtractive part processing and full five-axis capability, both features that help shops reduce time to market and cut R&D costs.




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