Multi-Slide CNC Screw Machines & Twin-Spindle Multi-Slide Mill/Turn Centers
Absolute Machine Tools is proud to offer LICO CNC screw machines. Since 1978, LICO has built an exceptional reputation for producing precise, high-quality machine tools. The company remains committed to excellence, whether it is producing innovative and high-quality automatic CNC multi-slide screw machines or twin spindle multi-slide mills or turn centers.
LICO multi-axis, multi-slide CNC screw machines combine up to 4 X-Z cross-slides with an 8-position turret that work simultaneously to maximize metal removal. Overlapping up to 5 tools simultaneously, LICO machine tools rival screw machine speed with CNC quality and versatility. These machines include either turret-mounted or independent counter-spindles, and they’re available in spindle sized from 36mm to 100mm. When cycle times are important, overlapping tools get the job done faster!
The LICO LNDD Series
The machines offered in the LICO LNDD series are extremely productive. These twin-spindle multi-slide mill/turn centers are equipped with a plethora of advanced features including overlapping slides that enhance productivity and lead to excellent size control. They come in 4 spindle sizes: 51mm, 65mm, 80mm, and 100mm.
Outfitted with live tooling on the turret (up to 16 live tools), LICO LNDD series machines change from turning center into a machine that can handle cross-drilling, tapping, slotting, and basic milling. With a Y-axis on the live turret, you have a double-spindle turning and milling machine (both C-axis capable) with the capability of overlapping five (5) tools at once (3 cross-slides and 2 turrets).
The LICO LNTS Series
The 12-axis multi-slide CNC screw machines offered in the LICO LNTS series are designed for ruggedness. Their slides are equipped with a full 2-axis servo-controlled travel, making them suitable for form tool use. In addition, they can match the speed of cam machines for medium to complex parts… but that’s not all!
The LICO LNTS, with 3 or 4 multi-axis slides and an 8-position turret, can overlap up to five (5) tools at once. Each main turret position accepts VDI-30 live tooling with four (4) live tool holders. These machines come standard with a Mitsubishi M830 CNC control, and are offered in spindle sizes ranging from 42mm (1.4″) to 65mm (2.55″).
Frequently Asked Questions About CNC Screw Machines
A CNC screw machine, also known as a CNC lathe or a turning center, is a type of machine tool used for precision machining of cylindrical parts. The machine uses computer numerical control (CNC) technology to control the cutting tools and movement of the workpiece, allowing for highly precise and repeatable cuts.
The CNC screw machine is commonly used for producing complex and precise parts, such as screws, bolts, shafts, and fittings, among others. These machines are designed to operate with high accuracy, reliability, and speed, which makes them ideal for high-volume production runs.
In a CNC screw machine, the workpiece is held in a chuck or collet and rotated while a cutting tool, such as a drill or a milling cutter, moves along the length of the workpiece to remove material and create the desired shape. The CNC technology allows the machine to perform a wide range of cutting operations, such as turning, drilling, boring, threading, and grooving, among others, with high precision and accuracy.
CNC screw machines come in a variety of sizes and configurations, ranging from small, benchtop models to large, industrial machines capable of producing complex parts with tight tolerances. They are widely used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical devices, and electronics, among others.
Determining if a CNC screw machine is right for your manufacturing facility depends on various factors such as the type of parts you need to manufacture, the volume of production, the required precision and accuracy, the available space in your shop, and your budget.
Here are some factors to consider:
Part complexity and size: CNC screw machines are typically used for producing small to medium-sized cylindrical parts with high precision and accuracy. If your shop specializes in producing these types of parts, a CNC screw machine may be a good fit.
Production volume: CNC screw machines are designed for high-volume production runs. If you need to produce a large number of parts with consistent quality, a CNC screw machine may be a good choice.
Required precision and accuracy: CNC screw machines are highly accurate and precise, which makes them suitable for producing parts with tight tolerances. If your parts require high precision and accuracy, a CNC screw machine may be a good fit.
Available space and resources: CNC screw machines require a significant amount of space, as well as skilled operators and maintenance personnel. If you have the space and resources to support a CNC screw machine, it may be a good addition to your shop.
Budget: CNC screw machines can be expensive, so you should consider your budget and determine if the cost of the machine is justified by the potential benefits to your business.
Overall, if your machine shop specializes in producing small to medium-sized cylindrical parts with high precision and accuracy, and you need to produce a large volume of parts, a CNC screw machine may be a good fit for your shop. However, it’s important to carefully evaluate your needs, resources, and budget before making a decision. Absolute specializes in partnering with manufacturers to provide the most effective machine tool solution for their application. Contact us today!
CNC screw machines are well-suited for applications that require high precision, accuracy, and repeatability, particularly for producing small to medium-sized cylindrical parts. Some common applications of CNC screw machines include:
Manufacturing of screws, bolts, nuts, and fasteners: CNC screw machines are ideal for producing a wide range of fasteners, including those with intricate designs and tight tolerances.
Medical devices: CNC screw machines are used to produce various medical devices, such as surgical instruments, implants, and prosthetics. Their precision and accuracy ensure that these devices meet the strict quality standards required in the medical industry.
Aerospace: CNC screw machines are commonly used in the aerospace industry for producing parts such as fittings, connectors, and hydraulic components. These parts require high precision and accuracy, and CNC screw machines can deliver consistent results.
Electronics: CNC screw machines are used to produce various electronic components, such as connectors, terminals, and contacts. These components require high precision and accuracy to ensure proper functioning and reliability.
Automotive: CNC screw machines are used in the production of automotive parts such as shafts, gears, and transmission components. The high volume of production required in the automotive industry makes CNC screw machines an ideal choice for cost-effective manufacturing.
Overall, CNC screw machines are best suited for applications that require high precision, accuracy, and repeatability, particularly for producing small to medium-sized cylindrical parts.
CNC screw machines are computer-controlled machines that are designed to perform precision machining operations on cylindrical parts. The machines use a variety of cutting tools to remove material from the workpiece and create the desired shape. Here is a general overview of how CNC screw machines work:
Set up the machine: The first step in using a CNC screw machine is to set up the machine with the appropriate cutting tools and workpiece. The cutting tools are installed in the machine’s tool turret, which is a rotating mechanism that holds the tools and allows them to be quickly changed during the machining process. The workpiece is held in a chuck or collet, which is a device that grips the workpiece and rotates it during machining.
Program the machine: Once the machine is set up, the machining process is programmed using a computer. The program specifies the cutting tool, cutting speed, and other parameters needed to perform the machining operation. The program is typically written in a programming language called G-code, which is a standardized language used in CNC machining.
Execute the program: With the program loaded into the machine’s computer, the machining process can begin. The machine uses a combination of linear and rotary motion to move the cutting tool along the length of the workpiece, removing material and creating the desired shape. The cutting tool is controlled by the machine’s computer, which adjusts the tool’s position and cutting speed to achieve the desired result.
Monitor the process: During the machining process, the machine operator monitors the machine’s performance and makes adjustments as needed to ensure that the machining operation is proceeding smoothly. The operator may also use various measurement tools, such as micrometers and gauges, to check the dimensions of the part and ensure that it meets the required specifications.
Finish the part: Once the machining operation is complete, the machine operator removes the finished part from the chuck or collet and inspects it for quality. If the part meets the required specifications, it is finished and ready for use. If not, the machining process may need to be repeated or adjusted to achieve the desired result.
Overall, CNC screw machines use a combination of computer control, cutting tools, and workpiece rotation to produce high-precision cylindrical parts with tight tolerances.