after hearing that haas isn't the best choice for live tooling , I was wondering what CNC lathe is great for 3 axis & possibly 4, and to work with mastercam.
If I can get a list of best options it would be great.
Thanks I appreciate the help.
These brands are correct for the best players in this. If you were considering Haas, Doosan will give you the best value and they are top end turning machines. If you consider Mazak, keep in mind the control is different from any other control. For some reason it seems very tough to learn another control after learning Mazak but it will ultimately depend on the application. Whoever gave you the advice on the Haas was doing you a big favor.
Are you looking for simple turret style turning with Y axis live tooling (lots of players) or a B axis tool changer machine (limited selection)?
i was considering a simple controller like haas, also i need the CNC lathe to be pretty effecicent, i know mori seiki is way outta my price range but i was seeking something more above haas prices on there lathes, so what CNC lathe is best?
Also if i speaking correct,
the X,Z standard.
C=axis is something you would create like a "hex shape"
Y=axis is where i can drill into the "material"
ALSO "NO" im not looking for "B" axis turrent
Yes, C-axis gives you the ability to mill/drill on the face of the part with a tool parallel to the Z axis (your hex example) using the CX axes for interp motion. Y axis gives you additional capabilities. I'd highly recommend Y-axis consideration. You'll probably quickly find it useful.
Just my opinion,
So the best choice of axis would be X,Z,C,Y?
And for example say I have a shaft and I wanted to drill into the OD, "y" would come an perform that for me?
Last edited by Bisorcam; 04-02-2012 at 05:37 PM.
If you want to drill or slot off center, yes.
What size parts do you need to do?
That will make a big difference in who I might consider.
A Y axis is nice to have if it's not much more and it should not be unless you go with a Mori than be prepared to write a big check unless it is for the lower end machine. That said the machine will last until you retire.
I take that back, I don't think Mori has a low end y axis like the Dura Turn.
Probably like 3 1/2 " OD max. But I just wanna have the Y in case I have parts that need drilling