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Why CNC Swiss Machining?

Swiss CNC machining is the most precise and efficient machining method for manufacturing critical components. The modern CNC Swiss have a wide range of capabilities, spanning across various industries ranging from medical and fiber optics to aerospace and military. Swiss CNC machines are also commonly referred to as Swiss screw machines, Swiss automatic lathes or Swiss turning centers. Swiss CNC machines have many advantages over traditional machining. This is largely because they utilize guide bushings, the guide bushings purpose is to offer an additional support to stock material when the part is machined or turned.

What is different about CNC Lathes?

  • Negatives become positives

  • Machined in segments

  • Guide bushings are vital

  • Oil is used opposed to water

  • Outstanding cycle times

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Many new Swiss users already run multi-function fixed head lathes that mill and drill in addition to turning, so they have an existing idea about how to use a machine with multiple capabilities. To stay competitive, those who build machines, users and the tool engineers are constantly challenged by new and evolving applications while still improving the existing ones. State of the art tooling designs with properly applied accessories and process improvements often lead to increased productivity with lower costs and higher quality, with the existing Swiss-type machines on the manufacturing floor.

High Speed Drilling and Milling

Faster machine cycles bring in more profits with Swiss machines that make it possible to free up other lathes for more appropriate and larger parts. When a small part calls for various milled or drilled features, its possible one will be looking at long cycle times that drive down productivity. Since live spindles incorporated into many Swiss-type machines cannot run at high enough RPMs to achieve the desired surface footage to allow high freed rates for micro-tools.

Advantages of CNC Swiss Machinery

  • Small complex precision parts

  • Long cylindrical parts

  • Tighter tolerances

  • Smoother surface finish


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