A ProtoTRAK control is intuitive, conversational, and most importantly simple. As you scroll through on-screen menus, options are presented in a logical and straight-forward fashion. The most frequently used features are listed first, and as you drill down in menus more features become available. This removes confusion and clutter, and makes programming both fast and easy. To program you select from a listing of common tool path types then simply answer a few questions to define the event. Most parts can easily be defined using a combination of these ‘canned’ tool paths. After setting up tools and your material in the vise the CNC then does everything else automatically behind the scenes to create actual machine code and tool paths. At any time you can also simply use the ProtoTRAK as a DRO with a power-feed capability or “do one” CNC event. It’s powerful yet flexible, and most importantly keeps you in control at all times.


Lathes  and  Mills

Southwestern Industries has made a few lathe models over their many years. A 14×40, 16×30, 17×45, 18×40(45), and a 24×60 inch lathe. Some are geared heads, other offer AC variable speed with a high/low option. Machining ability varies for each model and year, so it’s best to give us a call or email with specific needs and we can match you up with the most cost effective option.

ProtoTRAK milling machines come in 2 or 3 axis versions. On the two axis version, the quill is operated by hand for drilling or to set a cutting depth. 3 axis on the other hand is automated …or it can also be run in a 2 axis mode when desired for simple parts. Physically there are knee mills and bed mills, with working table sizes that range from 14″ x 19” on the smaller machine to 14″ x 76” on the largest; travels from 12″ x 12″ x 12″ to 60″ x 23″ x 20″ on their largest. CNC control ability vary for each model and year as well, so it’s best to give us a call or email with specific needs and we can match you up with the most cost effective option.


Contact  Us

Your actual need dictates the machine required and we are here to help.  To do so we need a good idea of what you want to make, or ideally even how you plan to machine it and from what material. With a physical model in hand, a concept drawing or a picture to share, we can offer sound advice on what machine will most likely work best for you.

See how easy a ProtoTRAK is first hand, give us a call or email and we can setup a machine demo.