Computer numerical control (CNC) turning centers are necessary for multiple industries. Learn more about CNC turning center machines from R.R.I.C. Associates below.
CNC turning is a subtractive machining process that uses CNC to create a finished piece. The piece is held in a chuck and rotated against a cutting tool like a lathe or turning center to remove material.
Some cutting tool options include:
Parts used for this manufacturing process are often cylindrical, though they can include square and hexagon shapes. CNC turning is used for wood, metal or plastic to create parts like ball bearings and car engine pistons.
CNC turning centers are advanced machines that hold the cylindrical part in place using a chuck. The chuck rotates the part against the cutting tool to remove material. It uses an automated CNC system to control the rotation speed, tool angle and movement, tool selection and more.
CNC turning center tools are mounted on a computer-controlled turret. Some options include:
CNC turning centers also have different spindle options, outer diameter limits and power and speed capabilities. These factors affect the parts you can make with the turning center.
Turning centers are either vertical or horizontal, differing in how the machine holds the part.
Compared to manual machining, CNC turning offers several advantages:
CNC milling and turning have a few key differences in:
If you're in the market for CNC turning centers, browse our inventory at R.R.I.C. We have CNC equipment for assembly, injection molding and other processes. R.R.I.C. also has CNC milling machines for various applications and user requirements. For further information about our turning centers, contact us online.