1. What is CNC lathe work?

CNC lathe is a computer digital control lathe. It is one of the more widely used CNC machines. CNC lathe work can carry out grooving, drilling, reaming, boring, etc. 

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2. How Does CNC lathe Work?

By the pre-programmed processing program, CNC machines have parts automatically manufactured. We have the process route, process parameters, tool trajectory, displacement, cutting parameters, and auxiliary functions programmed based on the CNC machine tool command code and program format and then recorded the contents of the program list on the control medium. Finally, we input them to the CNC machine to command the machine tool to manufacture the parts.

3. Advantages of CNC lathe

CNC lathe is the most widely used CNC machine in China, accounting for about 25% of the total number of CNC machines. CNC lathe work combines mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, microelectronics, and information technology. CNC lathe is a machining tool with high precision, efficiency, automation, flexibility, and other advantages. 

The technical level of CNC machines and their percentage in the production and total ownership of metal cutting machine tools is one of the significant symbols to measure the development of a country's national economy and the overall level of its industrial manufacturing. CNC lathe, one of the main varieties of CNC machines, occupies a vital position, and has been generally valued by the world for decades and has rapidly developed.

4. Development of CNC lathes

Since the introduction of the CNC lathe in the fifties, because of the use of the CNC lathe to process complex-shaped parts in the single-piece and small-batch manufacturing, it not only improves labor productivity and processing quality but also shortens the production preparation cycle and reduces the requirements of technical proficiency of the workers. Therefore, it has become an important development direction for achieving technological innovation and revolution in single-piece, small-batch production. Countries all over the world are also vigorously developing this new technology.

As we know, automated and semi-automated lathes have realized the automatic production process for mass-produced parts. However, it has been a challenge to the automation of single-piece and small-batch production. It has been difficult to solve the problem for quite a long time. When it comes to processing parts with complex shapes and high processing accuracy requirements, it has been at a standstill on the road to automation. Although some applications of profiling devices have solved part of the problem, the practice has proved that profiling lathes still can not completely solve the problem.

Fortunately, the advent of CNC lathes has paved the way to fundamentally solving this issue, so it has become an important development direction in machining.

5. Detailed applications of CNC lathes in prototyping and low-volume production

In the prototyping and low-volume production, the CNC lathe is primarily for machining internal and external cylindrical surfaces of shaft parts or disk parts, internal and external conical surfaces of any taper angle, complex rotary internal and external surfaces, and cylindrical and conical threads, etc. It often appears in custom CNC plastic and metal work in one piece and small batches. Let us have a look at the following cases.

(1) A custom CNC metal work of disk-shaped part

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(2) A custom CNC metal work of cylindrical part

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(3) A custom CNC metal work of tapped part

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(4) A custom CNC metal work of grooved part

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(5) A custom CNC plastic work of grooved part

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