Uses Of CNC Lathe Machines
CNC lathe machines are versatile. They can make intricate cuts on different material types but are ideal for wood, plastic, and metal. Companies find many uses for these machines, such as:
- Gun barrels
- Musical instruments
- Home furniture
- Wooden toys
- Arcade cabinets
A wide variety of industries use CNC lathe machines, such as medical, automotive, and military. These machines can turn raw materials into finished products, and they can drastically improve a company’s productivity.
Buying A Used CNC Lathe
Buying the right CNC equipment can require a considerable amount of planning and resources, so some companies opt to buy a used CNC lathe instead of a new one.
If you’re looking to buy a used CNC lathe, be sure to get one that’s manufactured by a reputable brand. The top CNC lathe brands in the market today are Haas, Mazak, DMG, Doosan, Star, Tsugami, and Okuma.
However, the brand isn’t the only factor you should consider when getting a used CNC lathe. You should also consider the following:
Different industries create a wide variety of products and parts, which require different torque, speed, and precision settings when they’re machined.
For example, medical devices generally require smaller, high precision components. On the other hand, aerospace parts need machines designed for tough turning and have larger spindles and travel capabilities.
The size is one of the more complicated factors in choosing the right machine. Here are some guide questions you may use:
- What is your maximum/minimum part size?
- What floor space do you have for the CNC lathe?
- What is your required turning diameter and length?
- What are your required X, Y, and Z axis travels?
- What is your required B and C axis in degrees?
- Which materials will you use for your product or part?
Average Job Lot Size
Get information on your production requirements before choosing a lathe. We recommend getting a dedicated CNC machine if your average job lot size is hundreds of thousands of the same item or part each year. We would recommend getting a more versatile machine for short runs.
We have a wide variety of high-quality used CNC lathe machines that can fit any manufacturing requirement. Call us now at (844) 262-6789 to speak with one of our experts. We’ll help you determine the best machine for your needs.