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Everything You Need to Know About CNC Lathe Machines

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What is a CNC Lathe Machine? 

“CNC” stands for “Computer Numerical Control,” which occurs when a computer converts a design, produced by CAD software, into numbers. The numbers are viewed as coordinates, providing the computer with the ability to control the cutting and shaping of a material. This precise technology is incorporated into various machines including CNC lathe Machines. 

A lathe is a machine that rotates a workpiece on a spindle to cut away excess material and produce a symmetrical object. A CNC lathe machine operates with CNC systems, allowing a machinist to program the machine to make difficult cuts on tough materials in order efficiently to produce high quality pieces.

What is it used for?

A CNC lathe is typically used to produce round shapes which have both an inside diameter (ID) and outside diameter (OD). A wide assortment of materials could be machined with this tool depending on their individual applications within their respective industries. Some of the most common fields that CNC lathes are used in include oil & gas, aerospace, automotive, medical, mining and ship construction. Typical parts that are made include shift knobs, pulleys, hubs, bushings, shafts and flywheels. 

Modern day CNC lathes have tools within them that can work in multiple axis’. They may include both an x and y axis along with a second turret and/or a spindle which allows for a wider variety of milling, drilling and tapping applications. This translates to a more effective production process because it eliminates the need to transfer the part to a different machine for a second process. 

What are the benefits of using a CNC Lathe Machine?

These modern machines offer a much simpler way of setting and operating the machine in comparison to its traditional counterpart. CNC lathe machines have: 

  • Highly powerful axis drives
  • Feedback control to monitor and adjust the tool position for optimal accuracy
  • Increased precision
  • Higher operating speeds. 
  • The ability to replicate and repeat a cut/shape

Once the machine has been properly set it can continuously function for long periods of time under the occasional supervision of an operator. 

VeriForm is equipped with numerous CNC lathe machines and we can produce a wide variety of shapes, cuts, pieces and parts. Our equipment is innovative and our trained and experienced operators pride themselves on their high-quality, precise and consistent work. Contact VeriForm today to learn more about how we can help you.