What is CNC turning?
CNC stands for “Computer Numerical Control” and refers to the CNC machines that are used to process computer-controlled materials and semi-finished products. The machines can be programmed, which means that they can endlessly repeat processes with micro precision. We process piecework as well as large series, always obtaining the exact same product.
CNC machines are used for machining processes, such as CNC turning and CNC milling, where parts of the metal are removed. In CNC turning, the metal to be machined (the workpiece) is secured with the chuck of a CNC lathe or turning centre and is rotated at high speed. The cutting tool is pushed against the material in a linear and transverse direction along the X and Z axis. Chips are removed from the metal, producing the desired cylindrical or conical shape.
CNC turning with CAD/CAM software
We use CAD/CAM-software to CNC turn your product or machine part. A computer system enables us to digitally develop and shape your metal part, resulting in a CAD design. We then manufacture or produce the product by using software on a computer, the CAD system. A machine code indicates how the CNC turning centre must position the product, how and where it needs to be processed and at what speed this must be done.
Some possibilities of CNC turning centres
1. Horizontal CNC turning
Horizontal CNC turning centres are the most common machines. This turning centre holds the workpiece in a side grip, working the horizontal axis. The cutting tools and the workpiece remain stationary while the chuck rotates on the horizontal axis.
2. Vertical CNC turning
The vertical CNC turning centre subtracts the bottom of the workpiece and then flips it over.
3. Horizontal turning centre
A horizontal turning centre is a closed-loop CNC turning machine. The machine can drill and mill, and may be fitted with conveyor belts, in addition to using coolants or cutting fluids.
4. Vertical turning centre
Combined CNC milling and turning machines significantly reduce production time. They can perform 4 complex operations simultaneously without having to transfer the product to another machine.
5. Dual spindle lathe
The dual spindle lathe integrates two lathes into one single tool and has two spindles. This lathe is perfectly suited for mass production.
6. Turret tooling
In turret tooling the cutting tools are enclosed in a rotating, indexable tool holder. This is done with single and twin-turret lathes.
7. Gang tooling
In gang tooling the cutting tools are aligned in the lathe.
8. Milling processes
We also perform various milling processes on the CNC lathe with powered tools, such as key slots.