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CNC Turning (Lathe)

A lathe is a large scale metal working device that is used for precise machining and working with relatively hard materials. Originally designed for use only with metal many lathes have been made in recent years to work only with plastics and composites. Although the design and function remain the same different programs and tooling is used to insure the delicate parts are not damaged or nicked during production. These machines operate by slowing removing material from a spinning, locked in place piece.

In other words, CNC turning (lathe) works one turn at a time. This machine’s design is fairly basic (even though types and purposes vary) and consists of a headstock, bed, carriage and tailstock. New CNC turning (lathe) is replacing its older, manually operated counterparts.

The part can be designed and programmed through a computer aided drafting (CAD) system then manufactured on the machine with only minimal intervention from the operator (machinist). CNC turning (lathe) has become widely used in varying industries like the automotive and aerospace field. The machine itself is controlled by a computer unit attached to the side which inputs data to the lathe head (telling it when to turn and how fast).

The CNC turning (lathe) used to require a highly skilled operator which had hundreds, if not thousands of hours logged on the machine and who had intimate knowledge of its capabilities. However, the introduction of the computer age in the early 80’s has pushed for the development of these tools faster than anticipated. At least 9 different variations o f the modern day lathe exists. Even though they operate differently the main idea (spinning bit cuts a piece held immobile) remains the same. Nearly every machine shop in the country is outfitted with at least one lathe. The bigger shops will usually have at least one CNC turning (lathe) at their disposal. Many parts you will find throughout your home and automobiles were manufactured using the latest in high speed CNC turning (lathe) machinery. These machines stand as an integral part of the everyday machine shop or the large scale corporate machining industry and will no doubt advance with newer, expanding technologies.

Anco Precision Inc. has been in the CNC turning (lathe) business in Deerfield Beach, Florida for 35 years and specializes in the automotive, medical, marine and aerospace machining industries. They provide extensive training to their machine operators to ensure safety and the quality of your part order.