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A Swiss-lathe is a type of lathe which maintains the rotating workpiece in two places in order to reduce the amount of deflection while removing material. There is a collet chuck which maintains the workpiece in place and a guide bushing placed in front which lets the workpiece rotate and slide horizontally in order to remove material. They originated out of Switzerland due to their original use in the watchmaking industry which required high precision parts.
Conventional lathes are used in industry for small-series parts production. They are manually operated machines, however, their precision, repeat accuracy and control is equal to that of CNC lathes. When selecting a conventional lathe for your next machining project, be sure to specify the approximate size, in terms of its length and diameter, of the parts you want to machine.
Horizontal machining center
Horizontal machining centers have the rotating motor-spindle oriented in the horizontal direction in order to remove material from parts. This allows the part to be machined under various angles, where vertical machining centers would take more time. They are found with 3, 4 and 5-axis tables depending on the complexity of the part. DirectIndustry also has an entire category for vertical type machining centers and mills.