Choosing A CNC Lathe For Your Metal Fabrication Projects


One of the best investments you can make for your new metal fabrication shop is CNC equipment to simplify the process. When you invest in your first CNC lathe, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Here are several key features you should be looking at when you're choosing CNC machines.

Understanding the Swing Specification

Swing specification is a term used to refer to the largest diameter part you can put into the machine and spin on the chuck without hitting the safety guards. If you put a part in the machine that's too large, it could damage the safety guards. That could put you and your employees at risk of injury.

Evaluating the Turning Diameter

A CNC lathe's maximum turning diameter refers to how large a part you can turn on the machine using standard-sized tools. You'll have to have some idea of what core parts you're going to be working with to ensure that your machine will accommodate them. For example, if the parts you'll be using for fabrication are an average of fifteen inches in diameter, you need to be sure that the lathe you choose has a turning diameter larger than that. The more space you have around the parts, the more flexibility you'll have in your projects.

Assessing the Turning Length

The turning length is similar to the turning diameter, but it refers to the longest part that the lathe can turn based on the machine's dimensions and axis. Consider the size of the parts you're looking to create as compared to the travel of the machine tool to ensure that you're getting a machine that will accommodate your needs.

Considering the Torque and Horsepower

CNC lathes include clear ratings for horsepower and torque. You'll want to explore both of these and think about what kind of metal you're going to work with. If you're going to be doing work with steel or heavy metal materials, you'll need a machine with higher ratings than if you're going to be fabricating solely from sheet metal and thin materials.

A CNC lathe is a significant investment for your business or metal fabrication ship. Once you've made the decision that you're ready to jump into CNC fabrication, these tips will help you choose the right machine. If you're not sure what's going to work for you, consider talking with a local machine shop or metal fabricator such as J&E Metal Fabricators for advice.


28 June 2015

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