A CNC lathe – Computer Numerical Controlled lathe – is designed to use a modern carbide tooling process. Computer menu style interface is used to control the machine. Operators of a CNC lathe need a high level of knowledge regarding the machine in order to set and operate the CNC.
Design of a CNC lathe can vary depending on the manufacturer’s needs. That being said, all CNC lathes have common elements. For example, the turret always holds and indexes the tool holders. The spindle will always hold the workpiece and slides always move the turret.