Maximize the efficiency of advanced complete turn-mill machining centers

    Tebis enables you to enhance the utilization of machines equipped for turning, milling and drilling operations. It eliminates the need for frequent machine changes and reclamping, consequently reducing logistical overheads in achieving the finished part. Furthermore, you gain improved accuracy in mill-turning, as the workpiece undergoes turning, drilling and milling in the same setup. On machines with a main and sub spindle, you can automatically transfer parts and complete them on all sides without manual reclamping. Leveraging these options safely and efficiently streamlines the operation of turn-milling machines, minimizing user intervention and monitoring is among the special strengths in the CAD/CAM process with Tebis.

    An end-to-end system
    Program all machining operations from end to end
    Collision avoidance with virtual tool and machine models
    Material model
    End-to-end material model for calculating toolpaths
    Fewer setups
    Greater accuracy and reduced planning and logistical efforts

    Sample application

    Turn-milling: Tebis heart wheel rim

    This video shows the turn-milling of a high-quality aluminum wheel rim with a heart in the hub. The heart wheel rim weighs just two kilograms and is created from a 20-kilogram blank with only two setups for turning and milling. 2-axis to 5-axis milling is used, and virtual machine technology ensures maximum safety.

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    Interpolation turning: The new upcoming manufacturing method

    Manufacture symmetrical part areas up to 80% faster

    Interpolation turning is a highly efficient manufacturing method for combined machining on modern multitasking machines.

    For example, this method lets you manufacture symmetrical part areas on appropriate milling machines or on turn-milling machines.

    Machining is fast and ensures low tool wear. This method produces outstanding surface quality.

    Tebis also integrates off-center turning, which is especially suitable for manufacturing eccentric turned parts.

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    With kind permission from ACTech GmbH.


    Standardized tool management

    Manage all your tools for turning, drilling and milling in a single tool library. DIN/ISO cutters and holders can quickly be created by specifying the type. Special tools like shaping, striking and side-milling tools are also supported. You can see realistic images of all the individual components and combine them to form tool assemblies which enable the performance of all collision checks.

    End-to-end Job Manager for turn-milling

    You can combine the machining operations of turning, drilling and milling in the Tebis Job Manager as needed to produce workpieces suitable for manufacturing. In the end-to-end material model, material removal in mill-turning is documented from the blank to the finished part. Then the currently available material can be used as the starting point for the next machining operation – from turning to milling and back again. In conjunction with the implemented automation, the machining functions automatically find the geometries that will be machined in the part and calculate the toolpaths.

    Determine the turning profile

    It’s especially important in turn-milling to know the maximum possible contour for turning: in other words, the rotationally symmetrical envelope of the overall geometry. Tebis determines this with the click of a button.

    Support for multi-channel machine tools

    Optimal utilization of multi-channel machine centers.

    Ideal for parts with a large milling fraction: Tebis can be used to program toolpaths for sequential processing on machines with multiple tool and part holders. The individual steps – including milling with a milling head or turret, stabilizing with a centering tip and clamping with a sub spindle – can be combined in any way.

    Simulation and NC output for turn-milling

    Tebis reliably rules out collisions with all tool components during program calculation for turn-milling. The subsequent collision check analyzes machine components and the traverse paths between individual toolpaths. This results in an end-to-end collision-free CNC program for all turning, drilling and milling operations. The CNC program also controls the machine units, including clamping elements, tailstocks and steady rests. Tebis automatically generates NC code for any machines and supports all control-specific program structures: for example, as Gildemeister structure programs.

    Customer response

    Here’s what our customers are saying about turn-milling:

    Success thanks to switching technologies

    "We started with trial runs on one of our biggest challenges, simultaneous turning and milling, and we immediately received helpful support."

    Roger Wadell (left), Gunnar Persson (right), responsible for work preparation and production engineering,

    MVUSAB Sweden AB, Smedjebacken

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    Additional valuable information on turn-milling is available here

    Turn-milling combination, digital twins and process implementation determine the race
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    This is a principle that Tebis has followed for more than a decade, and Reiner Schmid, Tebis AG’s head of Product Management, still views it as a unique approach. In an interview with Christopher Detke from NCFertigung, he explains what makes a good CAM system, where the challenges lie and what machines he currently regards as the most complex.

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    Cleverly combining turning and milling

    Combined turn-milling can be used to perform end-to-end turning and milling operations on a single machine without reclamping.

    That’s why this method is highly efficient, reducing costs and throughput time.

    In addition to turn-milling and mill-turning, Tebis also supports interpolation turning.

    CNC turning

    Streamline CNC programs for your machines with Tebis‘ complete digital Tebis manufacturing environment. Create safe, collision-checked programs, enabling fast and reliable manufacturing of both simple and complex parts.

    CNC drilling

    Tebis lets you program simple bores and complex multi-sided machining operations right at your CAM workplace. Strategies for centering, countersinking, reaming, thread cutting, thread milling and milling fittings are included. You benefit from automated manufacturing templates and shortened traverse paths using virtual machine technology. 

    2.5D milling

    Prismatic machining can be completely automated based on individual process libraries using Tebis template technology. Programming on the machine is eliminated and NC programming at the Tebis workstation is simple.

    3D milling

    Free-form machining lets you combine all your strategies for roughing, finishing and residual stock machining in the Tebis Job Manager. You can use convenient template technology and ensure collision avoidance already in the CAM environment.

    5-axis milling

    Tebis 5-axis milling lets you use the full potential of your expensive high-performance machines: Collision-free programs can be easily planned and calculated for all multi-axis machining operations. Simultaneous 5-axis strategies that are customized for specific manufacturing tasks make NC programming very simple – especially in combination with Tebis template technology. 

    High-efficiency roughing

    Compared with conventional roughing, time savings of over 60 percent can be achieved with adaptive roughing using special HPC cutters with very large cutting depths. The path layout is perfectly adapted to the geometry with no full cuts. 

    HFC milling

    HFC tools allow you to achieve high machining rates at high feed rates. Tebis calculates the residual stock with absolute precision: The maximum amount of possible material is removed. HFC tools can therefore be used optimally with Tebis, not only for roughing but also for prefinishing. 

    Circle-segment cutters

    Circle-segment cutters have a special geometry that saves you up to 80 percent of the time required for prefinishing and finishing compared to machining with ball cutters. Tebis supports all these kinds of efficient high-performance tools – because each tool can be modeled with precise attention to detail in the virtual CAM environment. 

    Rib and slot milling

    Automated CAD and CAM functions make rib and slot milling very simple. All areas that are suitable for slot milling are automatically detected by the system and divided into categories, like the bottom, flanks and radii. These areas can then be machined using suitable strategies based on templates.