Optional function enables turning on horizontal machining center
Okuma America Corp. has introduced its Turn-Cut function, which allows for processing work on horizontal machining centers without the need to use secondary machinery for a turning application. The function is available as an option on the company’s MA and MB series of horizontal machining centers and, in some cases, can also be retrofitted to existing Okuma machining centers.
The programming option allows the machine to create bores and diameters that include circular and/or angular features. This enables users to turn features on large, unbalanced parts on the same platform where standard CNC machining functions are performed, eliminating the need for special-purpose machines, tooling, fixtures, or add-on components.
The circular motion of the feed axis is synchronized with the spindle's turning angle (tool tip position control). The surfaces created by the turning option can be on the OD or ID of the machined part.