It occurred to me one day, while explaining to a visitor to my “office” how the machine “knows” where the part is, that many people have very little exposure to the machinery that literally builds the world around them – and so many wristwatch components today.
So for your reading pleasure, I break down the basics of milling machines and turning centers, the multi-axis machines that have become a cornerstone of modern fabrication, even in the watch industry.
This is not meant to be a “how machining works” or “the difference between a lathe and a milling machine” article. I wanted to cover machinery types and capabilities without focusing too much on minutia as every machine is unique in its functionality. But what I covered should help you know where to start when looking at different machines, capabilities, and uses. A must-read for any watch enthusiast with an interest in manufacturing.