You may be considering adding some double column machining center to your shop and this is actually the most cost effective way to do it. This can be the best way to keep your manufacturing costs down, and even for advanced machining as well. This may seem like a complicated method but it’s actually quite simple.
When you have a single column milling center, it will be of less cost and is very limited in its ability to cut anything that you want. It’s simply not going to cut to size accurately. It may not be very accurate, or it may even produce a job that looks okay. This may be fine for some cases but if you’re making precision components, you may want to get a better center.
The first thing you’ll want to consider is what you’ll be doing with the double column. You’ll generally want to be able to do all of your cuts on one side and then another side to finish. These are called half-blind cuts, and you’ll want to be able to do them accurately.
There are many types of machining centers available in order to meet the needs of every manufacturer and design. The most common would be the MIG (machine induced gas) type that is used in most machines to get to very high speed cutting. The two main types of this machining center would be the Dies & Radii and the Double Radial.
They are very high speed and lightweight, compact machines. The Dies & Radii type are simple and easy to use and a lot of them run right off of a diesel generator. The double radial is another type of machining center that is available that is typically automatic.
This kind of center will use a four stroke to help keep the blades spinning at a fast pace. The combination of the high speed and the speed of the blading makes the center very efficient at high speed machining. This is usually used by those who are going to be operating the machines out of their shop.
The last kind of machining center, we are going to discuss here is the direct-drive machine. The direct drive machine operates off of a hydraulic pump that is already on the machine and can only be operated through a gas line. It can be a good choice if you are just starting out because it’s not going to cost as much as some of the other machines that we’ve talked about so far.
In summary, double column machining center is definitely a great choice for those who need more accuracy than what is available from a single column machining center. The best ones in this style are going to be the ones that have direct-drive machines. These are great for advanced machining as well.