Advanced Mill-Turn

Get the Most Out of Your High-End Multi-Tasking CNC Machines

The complete solution for advanced, multi-turret/multi-spindle Mill-Turn CNC Machines with no limit on the number of axes or channels.

The complete solution for advanced, multi-turret/multi-spindle Mill-Turn CNC Machines with no limit on the number of axes or channels.

Mill-Turn Machining

The complete solution for advanced, multi-turret/multi-spindle Mill-Turn CNC Machines

Modern Mill-Turn CNC centers are designed to combine as many milling and turning operations as possible, to manufacture workpieces at maximum productivity.

Manual CNC programming of sophisticated parts on complex machines, directly at the machine controller is – if at all humanly possible – unproductive, error-prone and expensive.

SolidCAM can support all common CNC machine tools and Mill-Turn centers – there is no limit on the number of axes or channels. Here are a few of the most common Mill-Turn CNC machines from recent projects.

Integrated. Easy-to-use. Complete.

Within the SolidCAM user interface, seamlessly integrated into your SOLIDWORKS or Autodesk Inventor CAD, you program milling and turning operations on main and back spindles, control turrets, tail-stocks, steady rests, etc.

Milling operations also include the unique and patented iMachining technology available only from SolidCAM.

ToolKit - The Limitless Tool Manager

The best tool manager in the CAM industry enables you to store, assemble and manage Tools and cutting conditions within the machine environment (Machine Preview), with user-friendly interface.

The ToolKit supports any type of Face, Axial, Angular, and Multi-Cutter holders, leaving no gap to support advanced Mill-Turn tooling requirements.

Any of the tool components can be directly imported as CAD data from the tool manufacturer's online catalog.

Machine Control Operation: MCO

With MCOs you can define machine actions that are not tool-path oriented (e.g. turrets and spindles movements, open/close chucks, coolants, etc.).

Mill-Turn post-processors are equipped with already-prepared standard MCO cycles, that saves time for your part programming. Cycles consist of parameters that require minimum user input, for making necessary machine actions. With the MCOs you can program:

  • Change tool
  • Movements of machine components
  • Part transfer
  • Clamp/unclamp fixture
  • Program bar feeder
  • Control coolants
  • Machine modes
  • Axes and phase synchronization
  • Output any G/M command

Machine Simulation

Simulate and visually prove out the tool-path in SolidCAM's Machine Simulation before actually machining. This Software provides full collision detection between machine components, workpieces, fixtures, tools, and holders.

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Short Cycle Times. Maximum Productivity.

Most advanced but easy-to-use Channel Synchronization Manager, guides you through the order of operations, shows clashes and assists you to avoid them.

It is perfect for synchronizing and optimizing all your machining operations for maximum production output.

SolidCAM can control unlimited number of channels and supports any amount of machine functions and cutting modes.

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Channel Synchronization Clash Avoidance Feature

The Channel Synchronization's clash avoidance feature disables the generation of G-code or simulation if there is any clash issue in the defined synchronization. If the feature is active, it will mark operations that require an action, guiding you with pointed arrows and helpful comments. The system knows the controller logic and checks the possibilities of the synchronization, taking into account the machine kinematics, axes sharing, and synchronization wait-marks rules.

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SolidCAM supports three different superimposition modes. Axes can be superimposed onto other axes, where the slave axis follows the master axis.

For applicable Mill-Turn machines, SolidCAM will automatically detect this mode.

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Rotary Axes and Drive Unit Sharing

Reduce machining time and stablize the part machining by using Sharing Axes and Drive Unit features. Synchronize two turning operations on different turrets at the same time, and under specific conditions, turning at the same spindle, or synchronize two milling operations on different turrets, using the same rotary axis.

Complete Solution for Mill-Turn Machining