TURNING

Airborn Manufacturing offers CNC turning, also known as CNC lathing, is a machining process that involves the rotation of a workpiece while a cutting tool removes material from it to create a cylindrical shape. This process is widely used for producing rotational parts, such as shafts, rods, and various components with rotational symmetry. CNC turning is a key technology in the manufacturing industry, offering efficiency, precision, and versatility. Here are the key aspects of CNC turning:

  1. Basic Process:
    • Workpiece: The raw material that is mounted on a spindle and rotated during the turning process.
    • Cutting Tool: The cutting tool, usually a single-point tool, moves parallel to the axis of rotation to remove material and shape the workpiece.
    • CNC Machine: The turning machine equipped with computer controls for automated operation.
  2. Programming:
    • CNC turning requires a CNC program, typically written in G-code, which contains instructions for tool movement, spindle speed, and feed rates.
    • The program defines the toolpaths and machining parameters needed to produce the desired part.
  3. Machining Steps:
    • Workpiece Mounting: The workpiece is mounted on the spindle, which rotates it at high speeds.
    • Tool Setup: The cutting tool is positioned and secured on a tool turret or toolpost.
    • Zero Point: The starting point for the machining operations is set as the reference point (zero point) on the workpiece.
    • Cutting Operations: The CNC machine follows the programmed instructions to move the cutting tool along the workpiece, removing material and creating the desired shape.
  4. Benefits of CNC Turning:
    • High Precision: CNC turning provides high accuracy and repeatability in producing cylindrical parts.
    • Efficiency: The process is generally faster and more efficient than manual turning.
    • Versatility: Suitable for various materials, including metals, plastics, and composites.
    • Automation: CNC turning machines can operate continuously with minimal human intervention.
  5. Applications:
    • CNC turning is widely used in the production of components with rotational symmetry, such as shafts, bushings, and connectors.
    • It is common in industries like automotive, aerospace, electronics, and medical manufacturing.
  6. Types of CNC Turning Machines:
    • 2-axis, 3-axis, and Multi-axis Machines: Denote the number of directions in which the cutting tool can move.
    • Swiss-type Lathes: Specialized machines designed for high-precision and small-diameter parts.

In summary, CNC turning is a versatile machining process that is crucial for the production of cylindrical components with high precision and efficiency. It plays a significant role in modern manufacturing and is often combined with other machining processes to achieve complex part geometries.   Call 1-800-986-4646! We are always on hand to help and take pride in offering an excellent service to every single one of our customers.  We are not just contractors; we are a part of your business.

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