Lathe Machines – A Changing World
Does your production facility use lathe machines? CNC, or ‘Computer Aided Control’, is a practice that has worked to transform the manufacturing industry since its inception in the 18th Century.
Since it began all those years ago, the technology has been constantly evolving – so much so that we find ourselves in the midst of the 4th industrial revolution, or ‘Industry 4.0’ as it has been coined.
The technology that typical lathe machines operate through is known as CAD, or ‘Computer Aided Design’ which converts the cutting design into numbers and subsequently runs the cutting pattern and movement of the machine.
Up to this point, CNC lathes have been instrumental in shifting the workload of manufacturers, presenting them with more time and the ability to produce parts at a quickened rate than by traditional methods.
But how are modern lathe machines transforming the manufacturing process? We explore below.
Benefits of CNC Lathe Machines for your Production Process
The traditional benefits of lathe machine technology haven’t diminished – more than ever, you can produce high quality parts in large batches in a very short period of time.
However, the real benefit of the modern lathe machine for your production process is its ability to inter-operate with other industry 4.0 technology.
3D printing is on the rise, and though it can produce high-functioning prototypes, the precision of the output isn’t at the same level as that of cnc lathes.
By harnessing the strengths of both of these machines you can produce high quality, high-functioning quality parts and products in minimal time.
Think of it as refining the production and prototyping process…!
Our Top CNC Pick: Nakamura-Tome NTRX 300
Nakamura-Tome are leading manufacturers of high quality, hand-built CNC Lathes and multi-axis turning centres, priding themselves on innovative machine design and development.
Their NTRX 300 cnc machine model is the ideal multi-tasking lathe solution.
Features of the machine include:
- X and Y axis travel ensures a wide machining range.The X-axis travel 125mm below the spindle centre.
- Highly Rigid Design. All units are located on the main frame vertically for high rigidity.
- Operator friendly design. Spindle center is easy to reach, thanks to 450mm distance from the machine front and 1100mm height from the floor.
- New operation panel with NT Smart X featuring. Operation Level Management,Camera,Voice Guidance,Production Management and 3D collision check, all included as standard.
- Modular design. Choose from R-spindle type or tailstock type
Our Top 3D Printing Pick – Mimaki 3DUJ553
For the ultimate precision output, connect your CNC machine with the Mimaki 3DUJ553.
Mimaki is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters and software.
With over 10 million colours to choose from, the Mimaki is the leader in 3D colour printing technology.
The system also boasts no ink bleeds due to precisely controlled ink droplets.