In the metalworking industry, chamfering machines are cutting machinery that can cut the transition edge between two surfaces on an object. For industrial applications, heavy duty chamfering machines are defined as a form of bevel, and they are usually processed at a 45 degree angle between two adjacent right-angled surfaces.
This processing method is often used in the metal working industry. CNC Chamfering machines are usually used in metal machining, carpentry, furniture manufacturing, concrete formwork, printed circuit boards, and they also help the assembly of many mechanical engineering designs to provide well designed structures, shapes and profiles of machine bodies.
In field works, CNC tube chamfering machines and conventional chamfering machines are usually used to complete the assembly or insertion of components. Some flexible materials such as hydrodynamic seals will generally require a shallower assembly angle, which is usually 20 degrees. In pipe chamfering, chamfering machines can cut bevels at any right-angled edges, such as the ends of holes, rods, bolts and pins.
In addition, there are other work pieces such as the corners of the long side of the plate, or work pieces where both surfaces meet at an acute angle. In these cases, chamfering machines help simplify the subsequent assembly process, because after chamfering process, the insertion of the components such as bolts into the holds are much easier.
Many machine tool manufacturers tend to add some other functions to their mechanical products. Some lathe machines may be equipped with milling functions, and some milling machines may also be designed with drilling and tapping functions. For factories requiring a wide range of processing tasks and requirements, machining centers are the most popular type among machine tool models, and it is now equipped with some other additional functionalities. CNC machining centers designed with chamfering functions are now very common, and are very useful for production lines with various processing requirements.
For the current decade, for manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive and 3C consumables markets, the research and development of machining centers have become more and more urgent. CNC Machining centers are one of the most effective metal processing solutions in the industry. In all categories, there are three main methods of constructing a 5 axis machine tool. They will be introduced as follows:
Swing head alone is a type that can achieve most chamfering angles. This machine and other 5 axis machine models are considered very practical, such as four plus one or three plus two machining centers. The existing three axis layout machine tools have practical advantages. Conventional machining centers are designed with at least three axes, namely x, y and z. Since both CNC vertical and horizontal models can be equipped with other additional axes, the machine could have five axes to work. The chamfering machines’ functionality could also be expanded.
The other two additional axes designed on the rotary table assist the x, y and z axes installed on the main machine body. The additional axes help move the two working dimensions, allowing heavy duty multiple angle cutting. Compared to the three plus two, the four plus one structure is similar. All of these mechanisms are under the control of the computer numerical control unit and can move synchronously in accordance with the ideal precision standard.
Nowadays, some machine tools belonging to the CNC machining center family are also trying to become versatile. Although they are not as flexible as machining centers, machine tool engineers and operators can add some automatic procedures to their machining processes to enable them to handle complex work pieces.
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