Item / Model SA-12B SA-20B SA-32B
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Bar Feeder
Bar Feeder
Bar Feeder
Number of Axes 7 7 7
Number of Channels 2 2 2
Bar Capacity (Front/Rear) 12 mm / 12 mm 20 mm / 20 mm 32 mm / 32 mm
Guide Bushing Type Synchronous Synchronous Synchronous
Main Spindle 3 HP 5 HP 10 HP
Main Spindle 10,000 RPM 8,000 RPM 8,000 RPM
Sub Spindle 1.5 HP 3 HP 3 HP
Sub Spindle 10,000 RPM 8,000 RPM 8,000 RPM
Max. Turn Length 6.3″ 8″ 8″
Total Tools 18 22 20
Fixed Tools (Front/Rear) 10 / 2 12 / 2 10 / 2
Live Tools (Front/Rear) 4 / 2 6 / 2 6 / 2
Live Tools 6,000 RPM 6,000 RPM 6,000 RPM
Live Tools 1.3 HP 1.3 HP 1.3 HP
B Axis
C Axis Contouring Main/Sub Main/Sub Main/Sub
Weight 4,180 lbs. 5,940 lbs. 6.820 lbs.

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How are CNC Swiss lathes different from conventional lathes?

The difference between a CNC Swiss lathe and a conventional lathe is the utilization of the guide bushing. In Swiss lathes, the guide bushing gives support to the workpiece and allows for greater precision throughout the entire cutting process. Because the guide bushing holds the workpiece so close to the tool, there is essentially zero deflection due to the cutting force. With conventional lathes, stability for the part being turned decreases the further away the cutting tool is from where the machining material is being held by the chuck. This tends to result in chatter, vibration, whipping, and poorer surface finish quality. Swiss machines cut very close to the guide bushing on the main spindle side, is typically 0.20” (or 20 thousandths). This helps keep the piece extremely rigid, which makes a high quality surface finish achievable.

Why is the Swiss machine tooling capacity significant?

CNC Swiss machines can accommodate 20 or more tools in the tool zone, many with live tooling. Combined with a sub-spindle and backworking stations, this array of tools means Swiss machines can often produce finished, ready-to-ship components, eliminating the need for secondary operations on complex parts.

What is Servo Learning Oscillation on a CNC Swiss Lathe?

During the machining process, chips tend to pile up around the part or the tool. This can destroy the cutting tool or cause scratches to the outside finish of the part. Both are obviously undesirable outcomes that can be alleviated by the Servo Learning Oscillation feature on Nexturn Swiss CNC lathes. Servo Learning Oscillation constantly changes frequencies through the X, Y, and Z axes. Combining this with interrupting cutting on the part means the chips cleanly break away (hence the phrase “Breaking the Chip”) rather than allowing long stringy chips to gather around the part and cutting tool. The Servo Learning Oscillation feature is ideal for materials such as aluminum or stainless steel.
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