South Korean machine manufacturer of robust tool machines, Hwacheon, has unveiled a compact lathe.
Hwacheon's new Cutex-180 has a six or 8-inch chuck with a programmable tailstock, which allows for over a 70% reduction in clamping time for workpieces, the company claims. As an option, the machine can be equipped with a counter-spindle, which facilitates machining of the front and rear faces of the workpiece. The 12-position turret with 24 indexable stations saves on frequent refitting to enable the machining of complex workpieces without the need to stop to change tools.
At ±55 mm, the Y-axis model has the largest travel range in its class, which, in turn, benefits machining performance and productivity. With a stable machine bed that is made in Hwacheon’s own foundry and linear guides of 35 mm-widths in all axes as well as spindle bearings with generous dimensions, the lathe offers economical and high-quality results in its drive output, Hwacheon explains.
Two versions with either a short or a long (L) machine bed are available. The short one has an area of 3,525 x 1,700 mm, including a chip conveyor on its left. The two models can machine workpieces with diameters of 300 or 350 (Version L) mm and a maximum turning length between 452- 528 mm. The bar capacity has been increased in comparison to the previous model, so that bar materials with diameters up to 51 or 65 (Version L) mm can be accommodated in combination with an additional loader.
Hwacheon has also improved the user-friendliness of the Cutex-180. The operating panel can now be swivelled through 90° for a clearer layout. The door to the working space opens easily and its design now prevents chips from accumulating at the bottom of the door.
The company’s European headquarters in Bochum provides good service, responding fast to requests and offers a reliable supply of spare parts.
At AMB, among the company's exhibits is the Cutex-180. Hwacheon is in Hall 6, Booth A53.