CNC milling and turning are two distinct machining processes with the same objective; to remove material from a workpiece to achieve the desired form or finished product.
Mill-turning combines milling and turning, utilizing a piece of hybrid machinery for faster and more flexible machining operation. GVM offers superior CNC mill turn services, delivering unparalleled results while meeting your expectations.
What is Mill-Turn Machining?
In retrospect, milling is the most used process in which a tool rotates quickly to remove raw material from the workpiece. At the same time, it’s stationary or moving along a controlled path.
Meanwhile, turning uses a lathe, where the workpiece rotates while a single cutting tool removes the material. It’s used to achieve parts with cylindrical shapes or with radial symmetry. It’s worth noting that many lathes can also drill, bore, thread, or groove.
Mill-turn machining is a process that combines the functionalities of CNC milling and turning. It uses a hybrid mill-turn center with milling tool rotation and turning workpiece rotation, allowing it to produce more pieces with complex geometries or tight tolerances. Switching between milling and turning centers is not necessary since both can be performed simultaneously.
Features of Mill-Turn Machining
CNC milling turning service is becoming more popular due to its benefits compared to milling and turning alone. It has features that one machining method can’t achieve. As a whole, it increases the performance of our production manufacturing services.
Below are some of its features:
- Complex parts: Milling and turning have limits to their geometric complexity. Machinists must also transfer the workpiece from one machine to another to produce these intricate dimensions or tight tolerances. However, manufacturing these complex parts becomes more efficient with mill-turning since only one machine, and one “set-up”, is needed.
- Quicker production: Mill-turn machines can carry out the entire production process faster because machinists only need to set up the workpiece one time. Once the process is completed, the desired result is achieved efficiently without additional input from machinists and operators.
- High accuracy: Highly specific parts and components are produced with better accuracy and repeatability since workpieces are moved only once. Slight errors in realignment of the workpiece can result in mistakes and quality issues.
Typical Applications of Mill-Turn Machining
Mill-turn centers make machinists’ jobs easier with fewer errors, so a wide range of applications can be carried out for more complicated operations. Numerous industries have begun relying on this machining capability because it can meet varying specifications and requirements.
Some of its applications include:
- Aerospace components
- High Production – Complex, Geometric Shapes
Trust Our CNC Mill-Turn Services for Quality Outcomes
Apart from our CNC turning and milling services, we offer mill-turn machining for small and large part capabilities, high-volume production, and close tolerance applications. With that said, our expertise continuously develops to provide better value for your needs.
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