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What is a Swiss-type lathe?

A Swiss-type lathe is a Swiss CNC machine combining a sliding headstock (material moves) and a combination of turning and milling tools. Both static and live tools can be found on a Swiss-type lathe. They are capable of drilling, threading, grooving, gear hobbing, thread whirling, slitting saws, broaching, and other forms of metal removal. The close proximity of tool tip to stock allows for very fast and accurate cycle times.