How does it work? Multi-axis lathes provide more freedom and flexibility for the spindle to move. Each axis has a motor attached that can move the spindle. For example, 3-axis would allow you to move right/left, forward/backward and up/down. Adding a fourth axis can give your machine the ability to rotate around the x-axis. Adding a fifth axis will give your machine the ability to rotate around the y-axis. A sixth axis will rotate around the z-axis. The added axes will allow your machine to produce complex parts which enable your shop to take on bigger jobs that have higher returns on investment.
CNC Lathe machines assist in removing metals from the workpiece to make a desired part for production. They are used to perform various operations such as facing, boring, cutting, knurling, reaming, counter boring, chamfering, parting off, grooving, forming, taper turning, threading, undercutting, eccentric turning, drilling and turning. Some types of operations they are used for include, metal spinning, metal working, wood turning, and glass working, to name a few.
Multi-axis lathes are composed of a headstock, spindle, chuck, tool post, tailstock, hand wheel, bed, lead screw, chip pan, carriage, apron, saddle, cross slide, guideways, feed rod, and a leg. The headstock holds the gear train, chuck, gear speed control levers, feed controllers, and the main spindle. The lathe will spin the material in a spindle while the cutting tool works to cut the workpiece. A huge advantage to using a lathe is the near pinpoint accuracy and ability to perform repeatable production jobs.
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