When do we choose a lathe? For anybody in the manufacturing sector, this sounds a simple question – but the lathe or horizontal turning lathe has evolved significantly since its inception some 3000 years ago. That’s right, the lathe is one of the first-ever recorded machines created by mankind, and in particular in ancient Egypt around 1300BC. The lathe didn’t rise to prominence until the Industrial Revolution in the 1800s, and now it is the mainstay of every modern machine shop.
As technology has evolved, so has the lathe or vertical turning lathe. The concept of a chuck or collet clamping a component and rotating via a motorised spindle with a fixed cutting tool moving along the Z and X axes to remove material from the workpiece can be considered as one of the backbones of the industrial era. But like everything, the lathe or horizontal turning lathe has moved on with technology. Now, it’s not a case of whether you choose a lathe or horizontal turning lathe, but which type you invest in.
If you need to manufacture round components from bar or billets from small to large parts, GM CNC can accommodate the needs of the industry. At GM CNC, we have everything from single spindle fixed head manual and CNC lathes and turning centres with a selection of cutting tool configurations, turrets and platens through to multi-spindle multi-turret and multi-axis lathes or horizontal turning centres that are considered the complete modern production centre. Here at GM CNC, we have a vast selection of lathes or horizontal turning centres that can meet all of your turned component needs. So, whether it is simple job-shop requirements or the manufacture of batch or production complex round components, we have the perfect solution for your business.
If you are not sure which direction to take, please contact GM CNC where we have a complete range of machine tools that cover everything from 3-axis to 5-axis vertical machining centres, horizontal machining centres (HMC’s), turning centres, multi-spindle turning centres and lathes as well as a host of other machines to meet your needs.
Explore the Victor Horizontal Turning Lathes from GM CNC here.