CNC Tapping Machine and Other Tools

Posted on May 7, 2021

CNC Tapping Machine

Tapping is one of the processes a turning center performs. A CNC turning center is also known as a turn-mill. It is a machine tool that is capable of conducting multiple machining processes such as turning, facing, drilling and milling. It works by rotating a workpiece (usually a cylindrical or axially symmetrical one).

CNC tapping machines are very useful tapping machinery that does a lot of machining jobs. Sometimes a CNC tapping machine can do more than one machining job such as drilling or chamfering. So what does a CNC tapping machine do? What is a CNC tapping process exactly? Simply put, tapping in the machining field in essence refers to the process of creating a thread into a hole. A CNC tapping machine is the machine tool that performs such a process. Usually, a tapping machine works with other tools such as a lathe or a drill because a predrilled hole is needed so that the machine can create a thread into it. In modern machining sectors, the process of tapping tends to be integrated as one of the many functions of a machining center or turning center.
 

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Tapping Conducted by a Turning Center

Tapping is one of the processes a turning center performs. A CNC turning center is also known as a turn-mill. It is a machine tool that is capable of conducting multiple machining processes such as turning, facing, drilling and milling. It works by rotating a workpiece (usually a cylindrical or axially symmetrical one). It is conducted with tools that are applied to the workpiece and to create an object with symmetry with the axis which is driven by the primary spindle.

Under ordinary circumstances, turning machines are categorized into two main types according to the way they clamp workpieces. They are the vertical lathes and the horizontal counterparts. For the former one, the vertical version, the workpiece is clamped vertically and the cutting tool is thus installed in the same direction so that the machining is conducted vertically on the machinery.
 

Vertical vs. Horizontal Turning

The vertical clamping mechanism is much more stern and fixed due to the gravity effect compared to the horizontal methodology. Manufacturers of vertical turning machines usually make their vertical turning machines into great manufacturing facilities for users in a broad variety of industrial applications that pursue high precision, such as the automotive industry, the aerospace sector, and other usages.

With the vertical clamping mechanism, the spindles of vertical turning lathes are also located behind the chuck, while some may be belt-driven, and some may be other types of driving mechanisms. Like other milling machines and machine centers, turning lathes can also be equipped with power tools as well as tool magazines in order to boost their functionality and versatility, granting wider processing possibilities for industrial users in the working fields.
 

Tapping Conducted by a Machining Center

Today, another type of versatile machinery that can proceed to drill and tapping tasks are the milling centers and machining centers. A machining center is a highly developed machine tool that can deal with many precision machining tasks all at once. Machining centers derive from milling machines in the mid of the 20th century. Since then, the advancement of such a tool goes lively and contributes to a wide range of industrial applications. In regard to the milling process, it is the process of machining that utilizes spinning tools to remove workpiece materials by advancing a tool into one or several workpiece objects.
 

Multi-axis Machining Capability of the Machining Centers

Machining processes performed by a CNC machining center work in multiple directions. Besides tapping, this type of machine tool covers a broad variety of operations. It not only works with tiny workpieces but also conducts large-scale, heavy-duty operations. Machining centers and turnings centers alike are the most commonly adopted tools that render precision and fine dimensional accuracy. Due to its practical values, the development of the milling method is highly popular in the market, providing ideal result outcomes.
 

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