CNC machining centers mainly include gantry machining centers, vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers. Among them, the vertical machining center is the most common, with the advantages of easy programming, convenient operation, and convenient observation of the processing process. However, it also has the disadvantage that the workpiece cannot be machined too high, and the chips are not easy to discharge when machining the cavity or the concave surface.
The horizontal machining center can not only solve the shortcomings of the vertical machining center, but also bring more benefits: increase the spindle utilization time, reduce the parts handling time, and configure more tools.
The addition of tools allows the horizontal machining center to complete more work at one time, and can also process taller box-type workpieces, or process multiple workpieces at the same time, making it more efficient than vertical machining centers.
Of course, gaining more advantages comes at a price. Horizontal machining is more complex than vertical machining, programming is more difficult, and has a greater impact on machining efficiency. In addition, the price of horizontal machining centers is also more expensive than that of vertical machining centers. Therefore, at present, CNC machining factories will evaluate the parts that need to be machined, and choose which machining center to use after calculating the cost.