CNC Swiss Style Turning
CNC Swiss Style turning is unlike conventional turning where the material is pushed through a guide bushing and the tools remain fixed in a gang tooling type setup.
Where common turning centers can only manufacture parts of a certain length due to deflection, Swiss Turning centers allow for long parts to be manufactured with ease.
Generally a length to diameter ratio of 5 to 1 is ideal for Swiss machines, although shorter parts can be made as well.
A common misconception about Swiss machining is that it is mainly used for high production runs.
This is becoming more of a half truth since new Swiss machines are outfitted with live tooling, turrets, and even pickoff spindles which allow the machine to make the front of a new part while the sub-spindle does back working simultaneously. This allows for quick cycle times.
Combine that with new technology setups that are much easier which makes short runs just as profitable as long runs.
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