Horizontal Turning Centers | Horizontal CNC Lathes
Trace-A-Matic has a wide variety of precision CNC turning centers to machine high-quality prototypes, and high-volume production runs. Decades of proven machining experience and continuous technology investment has earned the trust of major OEMs to manufacture their mission-critical parts. Our state-of-the-art horizontal slant and flatbed CNC lathes armed with multiple cutting tools at the ready, and our multi-machine cell approach, increase machining speed, efficiency, and productivity while ensuring accuracy. We are a customer service driven precision machine shop, prompt to provide a free quote for our turning services.
Machining Capabilities Summary
Cylinders, spindles, shafts, axles, specialty pressure vessels, downhole drilling components, rollers, and other cylindrical parts
22” swing over carriage | 35” swing over ways (flatbed) by 160” between centers
All standard metals, aluminum, gammalloy, Hastelloy, Incoloy, Inconel, Monel, Nitralloy, powdered metals, Stellite, titanium, Waspaloy, all series of stainless steel, and many other superalloys
Large-scale castings, forgings, weldments, tubing, and bar stock
Aerospace, Defense, Food Processing, Heavy Equipment, Medical Equipment, Military, Mining, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Transportation
DMG Mori, Mazak, Mori Seiki, Samsung, Smart, and Weiler
Please refer to our Equipment List for specific lathe information and capabilities.
Horizontal Turning Overview
A horizontal CNC (computer numerical control) turning center or lathe rotates metal parts in a horizontal orientation during the machining process. The raw material is held in the chuck by a 3-jaw, 4-jaw, pie jaw, mandrel, collet, or face driver. The chuck connects to the headstock assembly driving workpiece rotation with a heavy-duty motor. The carriage assembly travels along the lathe bed, holding the cutting tool against the workpiece and removes material on each “side to side” pass; this is a multi-axis, subtractive manufacturing method. Longer workpieces require the use of a tailstock and steady rest to help stabilize the part while machining.
Horizontal lathes allow for longer part machining and have cleaner gravity chip removal compared to vertical turning centers. Drawbacks to horizontal CNC turning machines are they require more floor space and have part weight limitations. Turning centers equipped with live tooling (rotating tools) allow for additional boring, drilling, tapping, “turn and mill” type operations. We offer vast selections of surface finish from semi-finished to fine finishing, often not requiring a grinding process.
Horizontal Lathe Anatomy
- Headstock Assembly (not visible) - Drives the live spindle of the lathe
- Chuck - Positioned at the end of the spindle holding the rotating workpiece
- Jaws - Clamps the workpiece in the chuck
- Bed (slant) - The base of the lathe connected to the headstock with affixed Z-axis ways that the index drive, tooling, and tailstock travel upon
- Ways Z-Axis - The rails the index drive and tooling travel parallel to the workpiece upon
- Ways X-Axis - The rails the index drive and tooling travel perpendicular to the workpiece upon
- Tailstock - Holds the end of longer workpieces to stabilize the machining process
- Index Drive - Travels on the X-axis ways perpendicular to the workpiece holding the turret and cutting tools
- Multi-Tool Turret - Holds multiple cutting tools at the ready
- Cutting Tool - Removes material from the workpiece to form a part - subtractive manufacturing
Horizontal CNC Photo Gallery
Hub and Rings
Large Machined Axles