Maximum productivity with turn-mill machines
The point at which universal lathes reach their limits is precisely where turning and milling machining comes into its own and really makes a difference. Its capabilities combine turning with 5-axis milling and simultaneous milling with five axes in one working space. Thanks to complete 6-sided machining, a turn-mill machine achieves complex geometries in one cycle as a combination machine. In other words: where various machine tools carried out different process stages in the past, one turning and milling centre is all that is now required. This eliminates refitting times, while cycle times fall and – as manual re-clamping processes are not needed – the production quality increases.
Turning and milling for all requirements
With the CLX 450 TC, DMG MORI offers an entry-level model for turning and milling technology at an attractive price. The CTX beta TC, the CTX gamma TC and the NT and NTX series are also used for a wide range of applications – from production of very small, precise parts to XXL machining of workpieces up to Ø 1,070 x 6,076 mm. On the one hand, the portfolio is based on the decades of experience through which DMG MORI has consistently developed its machines. On the other, this development has resulted in high-quality components and innovative equipment options with modern control systems. This includes, in particular, the robust B-axis in combination with the space-saving compactMASTER Turn & Mill spindles, tool magazines for up to 180 tools and a second tool holder as a lower turret.
- Economical entry point for turning and milling
- Variety of models for a broad range of applications
- High-quality components for manufacturing with a focus on quality
- Innovative equipment options for maximum productivity
A wide range of turning & milling products
CLX 450 TC: Entry point for turning and milling
With the CLX 450 TC, DMG MORI meets increasing production requirements with smaller volumes and a larger variety of parts. A B-axis with compactMASTER turning/milling spindle replaces the traditional tool turret. It also comes with an automatic tool changer with a tool magazine, the familiar, powerful main spindle and a tailstock or optional counter-spindle. The CLX 450 TC is therefore the perfect entry point for 6-sided complete machining.
CTX TC: A variety of machining options for any size
The CTX beta TC and the CTX gamma TC for longer workpieces with a larger diameter have been setting the standards in turning and milling for many years. DMG MORI has successively extended the series, so that it now has a large portfolio for components of a length up to 3,000 mm. The compactMASTER Turn & Mill spindle offers plenty of room in the working space. A modular design also allows for individual equipment options, such as a counter-spindle, a tailstock or a second turret. Integrated cooling systems for high temperature stability and direct position measurement systems from Magnescale ensure maximum precision.
NTX: Complete turn & mill machining with maximum rigidity
DMG MORI has developed the NTX 1000 as a compact turning-milling centre for production areas with limited space, in medical technology for example. The success of this space-saving miracle quickly led to an extension of the series. Today there are five models – from the even more compact NTX 5000 to the NTX 3000, which can machine even large drive shafts with a workpiece length over 3,000 mm efficiently. The extremely strong design of the NTX models and roller guides ensure high rigidity in machining precision components.
NT: The highest precision in many areas of industry
The NT series is a byword for fast, high-precision machining, thanks mainly to the box-in-box structure and drive. The octagonal frame design allows optimal heat regulation and outstanding damping characteristics, which facilitates a precise feed at high speed. With sizes accommodating workpiece lengths of just under 1,600 mm to over 6,000 mm, the NT series covers a wide range of applications in various industrial areas.
DMG MORI enhances the productivity of its turn-mill centres with integrated automation solutions. The product range covers everything from bar loaders and integrated robots for automatic workpiece removal, through gantry loaders, to a series of flexible robot applications for autonomous loading and unloading. The Robo2Go models, the MATRIS Light and the IMTR are worth mentioning in this context. Automation of turning and milling machining is an effective way of remaining competitive on the global market in the long term.
Turning and milling: a quick summary
What is a mill-turn centre?
Mill-turn centres combine turning and milling in one working space. This means that both technologies can be used to their full extent. Like lathes, they have a main spindle that makes the workpiece rotate. If the geometry requires a milling operation, there is an additional milling spindle in the Y-axis, with a B-axis that allows the workpiece to be machined in 5-axes with the same clamping operation – and the same variety of tools as on a milling machine.
What added value does turning and milling offer?
The combination of turning, 5-axis (simultaneous) milling and 6-sided machining in one working space means that complex workpieces can be finished in one cycle. As no further CNC machine tools are required, there are no refitting times, which speeds up the entire process. The absence of re-clamping processes simultaneously improves the component quality.
Which applications are best suited for turning and milling?
Wherever complex workpieces are produced, mill-turn centres offer a real advantage. Implants in medical technology and turbine blades in the aerospace industry are part of this, as are chassis parts in vehicle construction and large crankshafts in shipbuilding.