Making optimal use of high-performance complete turning/milling machining centers
Companies that use machines that can do turning, milling and drilling save on machining changes and reclamping steps and reduce their logistics expenditures en route to the finished workpiece. At the same time, precision increases in milling/turning, because turning, drilling and milling are all performed in the same setup. If the machine has a primary and secondary spindle, parts can be completed on all sides without manual reclamping. However, the safe and efficient operation of these options, which allow turning/milling machines to be operated with the least possible user intervention and monitoring, also places special requirements on the CAD/CAM process in turning/milling.
Video: Tebis heart wheel rim
This video shows turning/milling a -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.
Standardized tool management
Manage all your tools for turning, drilling and milling in a common tool library. DIN-ISO cutters and holders can be created by specifying the type. Special toolslike 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. These enable the performance of all collision checks.
End-to-end Job Manager for turning/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. With an end-to-end material model, material removal on milling/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 to be machined in the part and calculate the toolpaths.
It is especially important in turning/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.
Simulation and NC output
Tebis reliably prevents collisions with all components of the tool during turning/milling in the program calculation stage. 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 or steady rests.
Your benefits for turning/milling in the overall process
- End-to-end programming of all machining operations
- Collision safety with virtual tool and machine models
- End-to-end material model for calculating toolpaths
- High degree of accuracy thanks to fewer setups
- Less effort for planning and logistics
We started with trial runs on one of our biggest challenges – simultaneous turning and milling – and we immediately received helpful support.
oger Wadell (left) and Gunnar Persson (right), responsible for work preparation and production engineering, MVUSAB Sweden AB, Smedjebacken
Interview with the product manager
Reiner Schmid, head of product management at Tebis AG, has extensive experience in mechanical engineering. In his opinion, the greatest challenge in manufacturing is combining turning, milling and drilling. Tebis simulates these complete machining operations just as smoothly as they are performed on the machine. Read the complete interview here.
Tips from turning/milling in practice
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