Combined mill/turn centers are a very sophisticated type of CNC machine as they link two different types of machining technologies. The advantage is that the workpiece can be milled and turned on one machine and one setup. This means even highly complex workpieces can be completely machined in a single setup. The combination of milling and turning is therefore becoming more and more important in CNC programming.
All-in-one machining on the NC machine
Mill turning has enormous potential when it comes to manufacturing a particular range of parts. For example, when a typical milled part has a rotationally symmetrical outer contour, it is not necessary to clamp the part again on a second machine with credit to one-hit machining. The manufacturing time is reduced and greater precision is achieved. Therefore, in general, mill turning makes manufacturing processes more cost-efficient.
Turning and milling in a single CAM interface
The complexity of turning and milling places higher demands on NC programming. The CAM software must make it possible to work safely and efficiently.
MILL-TURN machining is fully integrated in hyperMILL® CAM software. The user can equally use mill/turn strategies as well as all 2.5D, 3D and 5-axis milling strategies in a single user interface. This means that the NC programmer can be very flexible when choosing the best possible machining strategy.
Another advantage of the MILL-TURN Machining module is the fully integrated tool database, stock tracking, collision checking and postprocessor in hyperMILL®. These features can be used jointly for all milling and turning operations.