Multi-Function Machine Tools

NX Provides Full Support for Mill-Turn Machines

The latest multi-function machine tools, which are capable of both turning and milling, minimize the number of setups required to machine a part. With their support of simultaneous, multi-axis operations, mill-turn machines help improve your shop-floor productivity.

NX CAM offers a complete range of capabilities for the latest mill-turn machines. You can use any combination of turning, 3-axis milling, 3+2 positional milling and full 5-axis milling. The interactive and visual tools in NX allow you to easily synchronize and optimize the machining sequence.


The complete turning solution in NX enables you to program almost any multi-spindle, multi-turret application. You can use either 2D part profiles or full solid models to machine the most demanding geometry. NX turning includes advanced cutting strategies for roughing, multiple-pass finishing, grooving, thread cutting and centerline drilling.


NX CAM’s in-depth 2- to 5-axis milling capability enables you to program jobs ranging from prismatic parts and freeform parts to complex surfaces. You can quickly program prismatic parts by previewing and specifying a sequence of volumes to be machined. The advanced 5-axis capabilities allow you to create precisely controlled tool paths on complex surfaces with effective collision and gouge checking.

Synchronization Manager

You can easily synchronize multi-turret and multi-spindle machining with NX CAM. Using a graphical display, the Synchronization Manager provides interactive control for machining sequences across multiple channels. You can control the flow of each phase of the machining process by using the start and wait control. The full visualization and timing comparisons enables you to easily synchronize the operations on multi-function machine tools.

In-Process Workpiece

In-Process Workpiece

You can validate the entire machining process on multi-function machine tools with the simulated machine tool in NX CAM. The motion of the simulation is driven from the NC output of the NX internal postprocessor. As the G-codes are processed, a 3D model of the machine – with the part, chucks, and tooling – moves in the way the real machine tool will move.

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