With a CNC lathe, you can expand your productivity due to solid feed speeds. Further, you can focus on repetition that allows you to produce many of the same piece. Finally, a CNC lathe lets you think a couple of steps ahead for work that may require several pieces to be completed effectively.
The speed of your feeds is an important part of how a CNC lathe increases your efficiency. Being able to place a piece into the device with a specific orientation and have the speed be precisely known takes away much of the guesswork that is usually associated with traditional manual milling techniques. The less adjustments that you need to make in order for your CNC device to function as it is intended to, the more efficiently you can prepare the next piece while the machine is working on the current piece.
More of the Same
There is a high level of efficiency that you gain when you can produce a virtually unlimited number of the same type of piece. With CNC lathes and their ability to be programmed for repetition, you essentially have a backup person that can handle the lion’s share of the cuts and adjustments. Once you have your axes properly calibrated, the coordinates of your spindle’s movement and the cuts all planned out and you have braced the pieces in a solid and repeatable manner, you and your machine can essentially become a small scale assembly line with relative ease. Being able to produce many pieces of the same type without having to commit many of your mental resources is an extreme measure of efficiency.
Perhaps the most important way that your CNC lathe is able to expand the efficiency of your operation is when you can think beyond the current piece to a few pieces down the line, this expands on your ability to machine different parts that together serve a larger and more complicated whole. Having the ability to think a few steps ahead, and plan what cuts your machine will be making once the current set is done, frees up your mind to make higher level decisions than simply crunching the numbers.