Multi-function machine tools can do the work of multiple separate machines, but are more challenging to program.
A multiple-function machine tool can reduce the number of setups required to process parts. Saving a considerable amount of time in the overall process, it can also reduce positioning errors possible in multiple setups. The cost comparison of multiple simpler machines, each with an operator, to a multifunction machine can be highly positive in favor of the more advanced machine.
However, multi-function machines make extra demands on CNC programming, postprocessing and part program validation in order to make the most of these more challenging machines. Mastering this complexity is key to achieving the additional levels of productivity and realizing an effective return on investment.
To learn more about programming mill-turn machines, register and join us for two upcoming live 20-minute Tech Tip demonstration sessions:
- April 9th: Introduction to programming mill-turn machines in NX CAM
- April 15th: How to program main/sub spindle transfers on mill-turn machines in NX CAM
You may also be interested in the attached paper, Master the Challenges of Programming Multi-function Machines, which discusses ways to address some of the key challenges in programming and utilizing complex multi-function machines with the latest CAM and simulation software.
About the Author
|Aaron Frankel does marketing at Siemens PLM Software and focuses on part manufacturing solutions. He has been in the PLM industry for over 15 years and enjoys helping companies apply innovative technology solutions to design and manufacturing challenges. Aaron resides in Southern California with his family.|