Boxford Duete Dual Purpose CNC
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Duet - Duel purpose CNC machining for education and training

Turning and milling on one machine

A unique dual purpose CNC training machine specifically designed for educational needs

The Boxford Duet is a unique machine tool that is both a CNC lathe and a CNC milling machine. Now trainers can invest in the latest technology and obtain two state-of-the-art machines for the price of one.
Critical components of the machine are moulded from the latest advanced composite materials, giving high strength, rigidity and precision.
Operating on IBM/100% compatible computers, the inclusive user-friendly software has routines for Computer Aided Design [CAD] at varying levels and will process the drawings through to a full machining routine. Seamless links to 3rd Party CAD/CAM systems are also provided.
These features and many more establish the Boxford Duet as the world's most versatile CNC training machine.

CNC features
The Boxford software is an integrated suite of powerful CAD/CAM tools.
The CAD includes the handling of most text fonts with excellent manipulation routines. Drawings from other CAD applications can also be imported and processed.
A full 3D simulation of the manufacturing process, including a cycle time, can be shown enabling work to be proven without the need for trial cutting.
Manual Data Input allows programs to be entered using world standard industrial G & M codes.
As with all Boxford PC machines, the DUET incorporates hardware capable of continuous 3 axis movement and utilises Continuous Path Manufacture allowing large programs, imported from Major CAD/CAM packages, to be machined extremely efficiently. This is particularly useful for Rapid Prototyping of 3D reliefs.
Touch sensitive control panel incorporating illuminated push buttons allows the machine to be operated without a computer.
Active and accurate tool path graphics continuously displayed line by line during program simulate, write, and manufacture.


  • Slant-bed configuration in lathe mode.
  • 6 Position programmable turning toolchanger.
  • 4 Position programmable drilling/boring toolchanger.
  • Programmable lathe spindle speeds in RPM, M/min or in/min.
  • Programmable lathe feedrates in mm/min, in/min, mm/rev or in/rev.
  • 80 mm diameter 3 jaw chuck. Quick change vice for mill workholding.
  • Three axis simultaneous operation in milling mode.
  • Homing switches fitted to all axes facilitating automatic setup in manufacture.
    Fully enclosed see through guarding for safety and improved viewing.
  • Standard Low Volt Light.
  • Lathe and Mill Tooling Starter Pack Included.
  • Unique conversion from Lathe to Milling machine in less than one minute.

The Boxford DUET software and machining package provides:

  • In depth and practical experience of Information Technology and Computer control.
  • A facility for quickly producing complex, high quality artefacts to satisfy Design and make tasks.
  • An opportunity to manufacture artefacts for practical use in Fabric and Food Technology.
  • A platform for creating links with Art, Science, Business Studies, Electronics and Industry.
  • A practical, real life application of mathematics.
  • Curricular resources
    10 Session Curriculum Books available in 3 levels taking the pupils from novice to expert user via a systematic and easy to follow route. All curriculum is fully supported by detailed Teacher notes and Student Workbooks.
  • Extensive library of fully prepared components complete with program disc and illustrated step by step guide of the manufacture and assembly procedure.
  • Extensive library of detailed project material including Teacher resources, Lesson structures and student worksheets.

Duete Specification

 Swing over bed 225mm (8 ¾")
 x Axis travel 125mm (5")
 z Axis travel 360mm (14")
 Distance between centers 330mm (13")
 Spindle bored to pass 20mm (¾")

  Axis travel  
 X (longitudinal)  125mm (5")
 Y (cross)  75mm (3")
 Z (vertical)  260mm (10")
 Table dimensions  180 x 110mm
  (7" x 4 5/16")

 Programmable and variable spindle speeds  200 to 2500 rpm
 Programmable feed rate  0 to 500mm/min
 Main drive motor (single phase supply)  320w
 Rapid traverse rate  500mm/min

Standard Equipment

  • Low volt light
  • 80mm 3 jaw chuck
  • 6 position turning tool changer
  • Quick change 4 position drilling/boring tool changer
  • Turning toolholder and 5 tips
  • Parting toolholder and 5 tips
  • Turning billets and wax milling block
  • Quick Change Milling vice with 2 reversible jaws
  • 3 milling cutter holders (5mm, 5mm, 10mm)
  • End mills 2mm and 4mm diameter
  • Keys, oil-can and swarf brush
  • Software on CD ROM
  • Mains cable, parallel cable 25 way, serial cable 9 way
  • Operating manual on CD ROM
  • Turning and milling programming manuals on CD ROM

Machine dimensions


890mm 35"


470mm 18.5"


 350mm 13.8"


150mm 5.9"


550mm 21.7"


920mm 36.2"


Machine weight 65Kg (143lbs)

Their 50-year reputation for quality and value springs from a unique company structure. A single industrial complex with sheet-metal fabrication, machining, assembly, electronics and software on one site gives us direct control of all aspects of our operation and guarantees a service second to none. With all these advantages, Boxford products incorporate all the features you would expect to find on larger, more expensive machines at an extremely competitive price.

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