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Home > Haisen Blog > What is the difference between a lathe and a milling machine, as well as turning and milling?

  • A lathe is a machine tool that mainly uses a turning tool to turn a rotating workpiece. Drills, reamers, reamers, taps, dies and knurling tools can also be used on the lathe for corresponding processing. Lathes are mainly used for machining shafts, discs, sleeves and other workpieces with rotating surfaces. They are the most widely used type of machine tools in machinery manufacturing and repair shops.

    Rotating machines such as milling cnc machines and drilling machines are all derived from lathes. In my country, Hong Kong and other places, some people call it a turning bed. Milling machine refers to a machine tool that mainly uses milling cutters to process various surfaces on a workpiece.

    Usually, the rotation movement of the milling cutter is the main movement, and the movement of the workpiece (and) the milling cutter is the feed movement. It can process planes, grooves, various curved surfaces, gears, etc. A milling machine is a machine tool that uses a milling cutter to mill a workpiece.

    In addition to milling planes, grooves, gear teeth, threads, and spline shafts, milling machines can also process more complex profiles. The efficiency is higher than that of planing machines. It is widely used in machinery manufacturing and repair departments. The milling machine is a machine tool with a wide range of uses. On the milling machine, it can process planes (horizontal planes, vertical planes), grooves (keyways, T-slots, dovetail grooves, etc.), and gear parts (gears, spline shafts, sprocket wheels, etc.). Spiral surface (thread, spiral groove) and various curved surfaces. In addition, it can also be used to process the surface of the revolving body and the inner hole and cut off the work.

    When the milling machine is working, the workpiece is mounted on the worktable or the indexing head and other accessories, and the milling cutter rotates as the main motion, supplemented by the feed motion of the worktable or the milling head, and the workpiece can obtain the required processing surface. Due to the multi-cut intermittent cutting, the productivity of the milling machine is high. A machine tool that uses a milling cutter to mill a workpiece.

    In addition to milling planes, grooves, gear teeth, threads, and spline shafts, milling machines can also process more complex profiles. The efficiency is higher than that of planing machines. It is widely used in machinery manufacturing and repair departments. Both types of machine tools use programs to specify their tool path. This method is called CNC mode. Adding the word CNC before its name means this, that is, automated processing.


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