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CNC Horizontal Lathe

The difference between a vertical CNC lathe and a horizontal CNC lathe is the diameter that each is able to take. A vertical lathe will be able to machine a much bigger diameter of material than a horizontal lathe.


The vertical lathe has a turning mechanism, which means the material can be “turned” whilst individual tools “machine” the metal. They are especially useful for high precision engineering jobs, offering very sturdy support to the material.


Similar to all our CNC lathes, the vertical lathe has a coolant blasted at the point of contact between the tools and the material. This increases the life of the cutting tools, and means that high accuracy is maintained.


Below is a list of the different types of manufacturing jobs we are asked to carry out:


Dowels: These are little round chunks of metal, which are used to stop movement between two different parts of a structure. They are often needed as interference fits (very tight fits), to ensure they do not come loose.


Flanges: Normally used to join two pipes together.
Bosses: These are also used to join two pipes together;

however the pipes usually join at a right angle, rather than “end to end”.


Blade Spacers: These are spacers that keep turbine blades apart.


Turbine Parts: Such as turbines blades and distributor shafts.


For any manufacturing requirement, please complete our contact form or contact us on 01522 800975.

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Small CNC Lathes

A small CNC lathe doesn’t necessarily mean the size of the machine, often it is referring to the diameter of material the CNC lathe is able to operate to.
For example, our CNC lathes are able to machine down to a 50mm bar, which means we are able to produce 3mm dowels on one of our lathes. It is this very small and very accurate service that sets us apart from other engineers, and this is why have built up such a great reputation as a high precision engineering company.


The lathes we use are also used on much more specialised jobs. They will utilise a single point tool, with the radius of the material sitting on the “X” and “Y” axis. This means we are able to manufacture very intricate shapes including spheres (such as bearings).


The CNC lathes are now able to work at high speeds, with the tip of the tool continuously blasted with coolant. This helps to maintain the temperature ensuring that the tool last longer and a better accuracy is achieved. The coolant not only keeps the tool “cool”, it will also keep the material cool, which will mean less “activity” from the metal. If the material isn’t kept cool, the metal may change shape if the temperature gets too high. The final benefit of the coolant is the removal of swarfe. Swarfe is the fine strips of metal that are removed from a machined piece of material. If this was to get in between the job and the tool, it can create major problems. The coolant is applied right at the point where the cutting (or machining) is taking place meaning that all the swarfe is removed instantly.


We are here to help you with any manufacturing needs, please complete our contact us form or contact us on 01522 800975.

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