What Is CNC Turning?
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) is an intricate method for creating parts using a lathe. This method is used to create detailed patterns in metals that are difficult to do by hand. CNC turning is computer controlled to precisely cut materials into a final product. This process is able to create accurate cylindrical cuts to produce circular/tubular parts. The CNC machine cuts to ensure accuracy so the products are mass produced into precise, complexed designs.
How Does It Work?
The CNC Turning engineer decides on which cutting tools to use to set up the lathe. The engineer also chooses a clamping method to hold the material firmly in place. Next, the engineer works with the computer to tell the lathe machine to move and cut parts.
This is where the skills come in. The engineer pays attention to make sure the lathe is cutting the material properly. In order to successfully match the dimensions the engineer may use a blueprint to cut with precision.
After the material is cut, the part is sent to be assembled.
How Is CNC Turning Different From CNC Milling?
The main difference between the two procedures is the final product they create. CNC milling is computer controlled by a G-code that controls the speed and location of the movements. However, this procedure may also be performed by manual override in order to adjust the process if necessary. The machine can cut a variety of shapes moving along multiple axes. The main responsibility of CNC turning is to cut tubular parts using a single-point cutting tool inserted parallel into the material.