Archive for the ‘CNC Tensilathe’ Category

Turning Round Tensile Bars

September 29, 2017

Turning round tensile test bars has always been a difficult and tedious process.  A full charge machinist can turn a test specimen using a lathe, but it will take some time, and, unless the machinist is fastidious, it may not be within the tolerances required by the specification.  Additionally, since machinists will often turn bars using only the largest possible passes, the bar will likely need hand finishing to remove distortion caused by the turning process.

Tensilkut has two machines designed to allow you to turn round tensile bars in accordance with ASTM E8, ASTM A370, JIS, DIN and ISO specifications in the lab.  Technicians without previous machining experience can learn to run these machines in short order; as with our other machines, these machines are supplied with a self-instruction manual, so it can be used by different operators as time goes on.

The Tensilathe/505 is our semi-automatic tracing lathe.  It operates from a Master Template, which controls the shape and dimensions of the specimen.  The operator needs only to dial in each cut to prepare a perfect tensile bar.

Tensilathe/505 semi-automatic tensile sample turning machine

Tensilathe/505 semi-automatic tensile sample turning machine

The CNC Tensilathe is the automated round test specimen preparation system.  This machine runs on a Windows-based microcomputer; specimen preparation is accomplished with a point and click software system.  After setting up the specimen, the operator is free to complete other tasks while the sample is turned automatically.

CNC Tensilathe for the automatic turning of round tensile specimens from most metals

CNC Tensilathe for the automatic turning of round tensile specimens from most metals

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ASTM E8 Threaded Tensile Bars

October 16, 2013

ASTM E8 threaded tensilesThese round tensile bars to ASTM E8 were turned with the CNC Tensilathe, using the optional threading package.  The larger bar is the standard .505″ x 2″ gauge section; the smaller is the .250″ x 1″ subsized ASTM E8 specimen.

CNC Tensilathe

April 16, 2009

Bill Gates has done many wonderful things for the world.  Obviously, he brought the ability to use computers to the masses, which has expanded employment throughout the world in related fields.  Without Bill’s contribution to the computer world, it’s likely that the Internet as we know it wouldn’t exist, because consumers wouldn’t be able to use it.

From the personal perspective of anyone reading this entry, however, one of the great things Bill Gates has indirectly influenced is the ability of laboratory personnel to automatically turn round test bars.  Without Bill, we’d still be back in the days when CNC machine operators had to attend special “CNC School” for months, and each machine cost around $100,000.

The CNC Tensilathe is the only laboratory-sized, automatic lathe designed specifically for turning round tensile bars from most machinable materials.

CNC Tensilathe

CNC Tensilathe

With its dependable, 1-1/2HP, 180VDC motor, the CNC Tensilathe will prepare specimens from round or irregular stock; full sized or subsized tensile, fatigue and similar round test samples can be accomplished. It was developed for operation by lab personnel with no previous machining experience, and operates on a Windows based microcomputer. The CNC Tensilathe uses a standard 3-jaw chuck to hold the specimen; the opposite end is center drilled to accommodate a live center. Samples from approximately 1/4” to 2” diameter can be completed, using round or irregular starting blanks; the finished specimens are accurate to within +.0005”, and will have a 32 or better surface finish, depending upon the material. A built-in micro-drop coolant system increases cutter life and improves surface finish, while the moveable chip shield over the working area reduces flying chips. An emergency stop switch is mounted on the front of the lathe, as are all power switches. The CNC Tensilathe is shipped fully set up; the computer must be hooked up, and the machine is ready to operate.

Turning a sample with the CNC Tensilathe

Turning a sample with the CNC Tensilathe

As with all Tensilkut machines, the CNC Tensilathe comes with a self instruction manual; training is available in our facility at no extra cost.  The machine is programmed for the user, and shipped with all sample contours ordered pre-installed into the computer.  Additional specimen programs can be added later.