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CNC Lathe Systems (Heavy Duty)



The CNC Lathe Training Systems provide training in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) using an industrial-grade microprocessor-driven CNC lathe. The systems allow students to practice computer numerical controlled (CNC) code programming and editing, learn to operate lathe components, controls, and tools, set a programmed reference zero, follow the steps necessary to turn a specified part, and apply the machine code language to current lathe technology.

The CNC lathe consists of a horizontal lathe constructed with a cast-iron bed, headstock, and tailstock. The lathe uses two ball screws, each driven by a stepper motor, to move the cross slide that carries the cutting tool along the Z axis (right and left) and X axis (in and out) with maximal positional accuracy. The speed of each stepper motor can be programmed separately for feed rates up to 762 mm/min (30 in/min). A 746 W (1.0 hp) motor rotates the spindle and three-jaw chuck, and thus the stock, at speeds programmable up to 3400 r/min. To facilitate maintenance, the Z-axis ball screw is protected by a dust cover.

The CNC lathe can machine pieces of soft materials such as plastic and wax, as well as harder materials such as aluminum, mild steel, and brass. Pieces can be turned into a variety of cylindrical bumps, grooves, and hollows. The CNC lathe is capable of threading using an optical-encoder feedback loop.

A computer is used to create NC part programs with G and M machine codes or their conversational code equivalents. The created programs are downloaded to the on-board microprocessor of the CNC lathe, which stores and executes them. Since the CNC lathe connects directly to the serial or Ethernet port of a computer, or directly to a network, no additional interface card is required. The computer is free to be used for any additional applications since it is not dedicated to the control of the lathe.

Features & Benefits

  • Key-released emergency stop push button
  • Ability to restart programs from stopping point after safety interruption
  • On-board embedded microprocessor
    • Computer free to be used for other applications since it is not dedicated to the control of the lathe
  • Using optical encoder feedback, the lathe is also capable of threading
  • An optional 10-tool automatic tool changer is available
  • Stand-alone manual mode operation
  • Batch mode for independent operation or operation in CIM cells
  • Software allowing the programming of up to 10 tools
  • 745 W (1 hp) constant-torque dc spindle motor
  • Three-jaw self-centering chuck
  • Cast iron chassis
  • Recirculating industrial-grade ball nuts and screws on X and Z axes
  • Magnetic safety interlock
  • Quick-change tool post

Additionally required equipment

Qty DescriptionSystem Number
1 Personal Computer 8990

Optional Equipment

Qty DescriptionSystem Number
1 Black and White Acetal Turning Stock Set 5304
1 Black Acetal Turning Stock Set 5305
1 White Acetal Turning Stock Set 5306
1 Aluminum Turning Stock Set 5307
1 Brass Turning Stock Set 5308
1 Aluminum Turning Stock Set 5357
1 CNC Lathe Software - 1 User 5560


CNC Lathe Systems
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