What is CNC Swiss Machining?
Swiss turning is a process in manufacturing where metal shaping tools work a piece of metal while it is rotated at an accelerated rate (thus, the name “turning”). The many benefits of Swiss machining has led to consistent ultra-precision on small, complex parts, especially for larger lot sizes. The ability for complex parts to be manufactured on a larger scale for rapid growth in a variety of industries, most notably medical.
Benefits of Swiss Machining
Machining Smaller, more Complex Parts
While older machines are also capable of machining parts with tight tolerance specifications, they take more time and have limited capabilities leading to longer run times and less consistency from product to product. The ultra-precise, multi-axis capabilities of CNC Swiss lathes has opened doors for the mass production of complex parts for societies cornerstone industries. For instance, Aztalan proudly offers Swiss machining services to the medical industry for life-saving oncology instruments with micron tolerances.
Shorter Run Times
The ability of of Swiss lathes to move the workpiece around the tool for one step completion is further enhanced by its reduced cycle times. Swiss lathe software quickens up the process configuration due to its part run simulation capabilites. This allows for easier setup and makes corrections more obvious to spot. Shorter run times for more complex parts gives your product greater availability.
Higher Potential for Single Process Machining w/ Main & Subspindles
Swiss lathes can have as many as 28 tools or more mounted allowing for greater range and versatility to be utilized in a single machining process.
Lights Out Machining
Swiss lathes can operate unmanned, allowing for lights out machining to cut the run times for larger outputs.
All the advantages of Swiss machining mean nothing if the Swiss lathe is not operated by experienced, talented technicians. Aztalan employs the finest CNC machine technicians and engineers to guarantee that best possible end product for our clients.