Like traditional turn/mill machines, B-axis machine tools provide control over the Z-X (turning) and C (rotary milling) axes. The B-axis head is used as a milling spindle or a turning/boring toolholder, thus enabling the machine to complete all milling and turning with one setup.
These machine tools also give users control over the Y-axis for off-center milling operations. However, it is B-axis capability that sets these machines apart. The B axis is defined as rotation about the Y axis, and this fifth axis positioning makes cuts with compound angles possible.
B-axis capability gives a machine full support for five-axis index milling and 3D / five-axis simultaneous freeform milling. The B-axis machine is literally one machine doing the work of two because it supports the entire range of milling and turning operations possible, with the advantage of doing it in one setup.
The Global B-axis Turret Machine market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
Turret with B axis: Swiss DECO TB – The SwissDECO can also be equipped with a B axis on the turret, to transform the machine into a turning/milling solution giving users the ability to perform complex milling operations on a single machine.
As an option, the machine can perform machining operations using 5 simultaneous axes. It is also possible, as on the T version, to adopt the quick-change tooling system. Available as a 36 mm machine, it has up to 57 tool positions, 36 of which can be rotating tools.
The HydroRound II hydrostatic oil rotary bearing can be configured to our Nanoform machines and Drum Roll Lathes for tool normal machining. It’s designed to sit on the Z-axis plate with the center of rotation around a vertical axis allowing the diamond tool to be presented in any orientation within 360 degrees of rotation for the machining process. The tool holder can also be positioned to extend beyond the edge of the rotary axis for parts larger than 200mm in diameter.
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