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CNC Lathes, Engineers Guide -

The lathe is one of the oldest manufacturing machines on Earth. The earliest versions date way back to the ancient Egyptians, who invented a two-person, bow-driven lathe around 1300 BC.  Lathe technology has been far from static, as evidenced by the sophisticated CNC Lathes of today. This is an Engineers overview of the types, components, operations and applications of CNC Lathes. Nevertheless, while there is no formal distinction between lathes and turning centers, the former term is often used to refer exclusively to simpler machines—those designed for turning operations alone. In contrast, the term ‘turning center’ usually denotes machines which...

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