News & Events

The History of The Lathe Machine

One of the oldest tools used by machining services is called the Lathe. It is a tool believed to have been created by the ancient Egyptians back in 1300 BC. It is known as the mother of machine tools, as it was the first machine tool that led to the invention of other machine tools. It is used to perform turning operations in which unwanted material is removed from the workpiece rotated against a cutting tool. Ancient Rome improved the Egyptian design with the addition of a turning bow. In the Middle Ages, a pedal replaced hand-operated turning, freeing both the craftsman’s hands to hold the woodturning tools. The pedal was usually connected to a pole, often a straight-grained sapling. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, the role of the lathe became increasingly significant as it began to be used to craft parts for other machine tools, while lathes evolved into hydraulic lathe machines which had thicker, more rigid parts. During this time, steam engines and water wheels were attached to the lathe to turn the workpiece at a higher speed which made work faster and easier. These lathe machines were a crucial building block in the modern era and helped to pave the way for current industrialization and automation. By the end of the 1800s, electric motors began to be the power source of choice for lathes which revolutionized the industry and further speed up production. In the 20th century, lathes modernized the industry even further and helped to provide computerized precision and CNC (computerized numerical control) lathes were introduced.

This ancient machine has evolved a great deal since then, but ancient sources have seen some of the same uses such as turning chess and backgammon pieces and anything with an axis that can be held from either end and turned. The first lathe was a simple lathe which is now referred to as a two-person lathe. One person would turn the woodwork piece using rope and the person would shape the workpiece using a sharp tool. In modern times there are three types of the modern lathe: center lathe, bench lathe, and engine lathe. The engine lathe is predominantly what’s used today, as it is almost entirely automated. Center lathes can either be automated or manual powered and are more common for many smaller projects. A bench lathe can be mounted on a bench, used for the smallest, most detailed projects.

With the development of electronics and automation engineering, advanced computer-controlled lathes have been developed. The advanced lathes have many benefits over the conventional lathes. In conventional lathes, the lathe operator checks the dimensions regularly to get perfect precision and the time taken to complete the work is more for high precision works. This is very important because if the operator removes the excess metal from the workpiece, the whole workpiece will be wasted which will result in loss of money and time. But even though lathe machines are very helpful, they can also be dangerous especially with inexperienced turners since lathes are not as widely used as table saws, bandsaws, jointers, etc. Sufficiently heavy catches can also break tool rests and steel turning tools. Other dangers include loose clothing, jewelry, and long hair getting caught on the workpiece or spindle.

If you’re interested in buying a CNC Lathe, please look through our inventory of used CNC Lathes or contact us today and we’ll guarantee that we can help you find the right machine that’s perfect for your application.

The Best CNC Brands

A CNC (computer numerical control) machine is a machine tool that is controlled by a coded program with instructions to cut and move material. There are many types of CNC Machines, such as milling machines, lathes, routers, grinders, lasers, waterjet cutters and sheet metal stamping machines. With the variety of CNC Machines, it’s easy to […]

The History of The Lathe Machine

One of the oldest tools used by machining services is called the Lathe. It is a tool believed to have been created by the ancient Egyptians back in 1300 BC. It is known as the mother of machine tools, as it was the first machine tool that led to the invention of other machine tools. […]

What Is CNC?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control is an automated control of machining tools such as; drills, lathes, mills, and 3D printers using a computer. It takes digitized data and is controlled, automated and monitored by a computer and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) program. CNC machines are fully automated, needing only digital files with instructions about cutting […]

Comparing Different Types of CNC Machines

Since CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are broadly used in the manufacturing industry, it also plays an important role in the manufacturing industry. It uses CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software to enable users to create wealth for both industrial and creative products. The types of CNC machines can be classified into the […]

Understanding CNC Milling

Milling is the process of machining using rotary cutters to remove material by advancing a cutter into a workpiece. It covers a wide variety of different operations and machines, on scales from small individual parts to large, heavy-duty gang milling operations. A milling machine is operated manually or through CNC (Computer Numerical Control). CNC Milling […]

History of Makino

Makino (Makino Milling Machine Company) developed Japan’s first numerically controlled (NC) milling machine in 1958 By Tsunezo Makino. It was established on May 1, 1937, and by 1966 it established Japan’s first machining center 1966. It was headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Makino introduced game-changing solutions for performance. The company was first known as Makino Iron […]

5-Axis CNC Machining

What is 5-axis CNC machining? How does it work and benefit your business? What is the best 5 axis CNC machine you can get? A 5 axis CNC machine is a machine that has the ability to move a tool or a part in five different axes simultaneously. It enables the machining of very complex […]

Vertical Machining Center Features For Improving Productivity

A Vertical Machine Center is a spindle with a vertical orientation. With a vertically oriented spindle, tools stick straight down from the tool holder and often cut across the top of a workpiece. It improves metal removal rates and reduces parasitic non-cutting time and eliminates unnecessary interruptions to production. The difference between a Horizontal Machine […]

History of Haas

Haas Automation, Inc started in 1983 by its founder Gene Haas. Eugene “Gene” Francis Haas (born November 12, 1952) is the founder, president, and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, a CNC machine tool manufacturer. The company also has a presence in motorsports, having founded NASCAR team Haas CNC Racing (now known as Stewart-Haas Racing) and […]

Product Overview of DMG Mori Seiki CNC Machines

CNC Milling Machine – Milling is a process performed with a machine in which the cutters rotate to remove the material from the workpiece present in the direction of the angle with the tool axis. DMG Mori has 7 types of CNC milling machines, and as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machine tools, […]

History of Mazak

Mazak Corporation started in Nagoya, Japan in 1919 founded by Sadakichi Yamazaki. The company started as a small company making pots and pans. In the 1920s the company elevated from mat-making machinery to woodworking machinery, then to metalworking machine tools. It was one of the companies that were part of Japan’s industrial build-up before WWII. […]

History of Doosan and The Puma Turning Center

What is the history of Doosan? How did they become successful in their field? Who founded it and what’s its vision? We answer these questions as we dive into the history of the company. Doosan is a combined word of “doo” (unit of grain) and “san” ( mountain). If combined means “little grains of sand […]

Machine Tool Tips Every Machinist Should Know

Having the right tools makes all the difference in getting the job done quickly and correctly. No one wants to start a new machine shop or a new job as a machinist without the proper equipment, knowing the maintenance routine, and even without the help of the internet. Here are some Machine Tool tips for […]

Buying Guide For Used CNC Lathes

We’ve previously covered what CNC Lathes are, but now you want to buy one. You can save a fortune when buying a used CNC Lathe machine, often it’s a smarter and more economical choice. So what should you consider when buying used CNC Lathes? We need to make sure that it is worthy of the […]

Different Types CNC Lathes

Standard 2-Axis 3-Axis With Milling Multi Axis (Sub spindle/Dual Turret) Chucking (No Tailstock) Flat Bed Big Bore/Oil Country/Hollow Spindle Axis Definitions STANDARD 2-AXIS CNC LATHE/TURNING CENTER A standard lathe is used for removing material from a part by using a variety of tooling and cutters depending on the specific result the operator is looking to achieve. Standard […]

What is a Vertical Machining Center

VERTICAL MACHINING CENTERS A 3-Axis CNC Machining Center/Mill is used for creating various industrial parts. This is achieved by using a wide-range of tooling and cutters depending on the type of material being cut and the end product being manufactured. A 3-axis CNC Mill works on three separate axes: X-Axis: Moving longitudinally or “left-to-right” Y-Axis: Moving laterally or “front-to-back” […]

History Of CNC Machinery

In the 1950s a new era and manufacturing was born for the first time in the history of manufacturing. A number of large production machines electronically controlled were functioning simultaneously as an integrated production line virtually unattended. These machines were drilling, boring, milling, and passing unrelated parts from machine to machine. End products were processed […]

Top Reasons To Buy A Vertical Machining Center

In the metal fabrication industry, milling is one of the most popular processes being used today. offering operators a method for expertly cutting and shaping rolled steel. After careful studies by shop owners, they believed the only way to survive and stay competitive in the industry aside from bringing the cost down is to have […]

What are CNC Machines used for?

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) is a technology where computers control the movements of machines. This technology is used in the manufacturing industry. The first CNC Machines were developed around 1940 using a common telecommunication data storage technology called “punched tape”, and quickly transitioned to analog then digital computer processing in the 1960s. Widespread use of […]

Section 179 Tax Deduction

What is Section 179?  Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t, as you will see below. Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That […]