Manual Lathe

In the metal working industry, a manual lathe is a manually controlled machine tool. Under the control of human operators, the workpiece can be rotated along the axis of rotation to perform various machining operations, such as cutting, knurling, sanding, drilling, deformation, facing, and turning. The machining process included is carried out by a tool applied to the workpiece to create an object symmetrical to the spindle, which is driven by the primary spindle assembly.

Lathe Machine Category

Under normal circumstances, according to the way the workpiece is clamped, lathes can be divided into two main types, namely vertical lathes and horizontal lathes. In a vertical lathe, the workpiece is clamped vertically, and the cutting tools are installed in the same direction to perform machining vertically. Compared with horizontal lathes, this way of clamping is much more stern and fixed due to gravity.

Manufacturers of vertical turning machines usually extend vertical turning machines into high-end manufacturing equipment for users in various industrial fields pursuing high precision, such as automotive industry, aerospace, sports equipment manufacturing, and other fields with larger workpieces. In the vertical clamping mechanism, the spindle of lathe is located behind the chuck. The spindle may be belt driven, and some may be designed with other types of driving mechanisms.

Modern Lathe Machines

While manual lathe machine are still popular in many industrial fields, computer driven lathes can bring additional functions and advantages like milling machines and machining centers. Automated lathes can be equipped with powered tools and tool magazines to improve their functionality and versatility and give users greater processing possibilities.

Power turret is a modern and standard accessory for many CNC turning machines and one of the most important accessories for users of CNC lathes. Today's turning machine suppliers are committed to developing and selling this product, which has produced many excellent power turrets and power tools to support the needs of global lathe users.  

Many power turrets are driven by a single motor with servo features, which can ensure the best processing results and save energy. At the same time, they can provide great rigidity to the workpiece, thereby providing ideal cutting performance.

Accessories for Lathe Machines

In addition to power turrets as one critical working accessory, tool magazines and automatic tool changers are also the best-selling products of global machine tool accessory suppliers. The tool magazine and automatic tool change system designed and made in Taiwan can provide the best tool change time according to the customer's cycle time engineering to help customers meet the order demands.

Compared with global competitors, Taiwanese suppliers have a better understanding of how to provide comprehensive services to global customers based on local conditions, and upgrade the original machine tools or accessories in the factory to the most modern version to meet new processing requirements. Spindles, chucks and hydraulic cylinders are also well-developed in Taiwan's accessory market. As with CNC turning machines, a series of lathes and accessories have been widely used in different industrial fields around the world.

Past and Now

Manual lathe machine is the most developed turning machinery which has great productivity. It is capable of multi-tasking process for many kinds of machining tasks with significantly wide range of possibilities. 

The most primitive manual lathe machine was developed from the manual processing skill of spinning cutting artworks about four thousand years ago. In the early 20th century, the development of this special type of turning machine became very concrete. Later accompanied by the invention of computer programming technology, nowadays, even ordinary lathes are equipped with NC systems. CNC based lathes have become the mainstream turning machine models in the market and are widely used throughout the industry.

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