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What is the difference between CNC lathes and automatic lathes?

Automatic lathes use cam rotation to carry cutting tools, while CNC lathes use programming to control tool movements. In terms of efficiency, automatic lathes are definitely much higher than CNC lathes, so the processing cost of automatic lathes is definitely cheaper than CNC lathes. If the product is more complex and requires higher requirements, automatic lathes may not be able to do it, so only CNC lathes can be used to do it, But its processing cost is higher than that of an automatic lathe. For a product, whether we choose to use an automatic lathe or CNC for processing depends most importantly on the difficulty of the product.