One of the common questions asked is this: how CNC Lathes can be programmed and what software do the CNC machine tools normally use?
A modern CNC lathe can be programmed in the following manner:
- Directly on the machine, using a modern CNC Programming Support System such as “Manual Guide I” (FANUC) or ShopTurn (SIEMENS).
- Off-line using a CAD/ CAM system. These often involve more complex shapes to be machined, or a series of operations.
In most cases, the CNC Lathes or CNC Turning Machines should be able to process one CNC programme while the next CNC programme is being established and programmed. This helps to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process and saves time and manpower effort.