What is CNC Swiss Machining?

As a type of lathe, Swiss machines have been used for more than 100 years to manufacture with accuracy. Deploying CNC as a computer-controlled process, CNC Swiss machining has only gotten better as a unique tool and is being used in a growing number of industries and applications.

A Swiss-type lathe, CNC Swiss machining feeds the stock through a guide bushing, which means high accuracy by cutting near the point of support – no matter how long the workpiece. CNC Swiss machining is used by a unique group of experienced shops to deliver excellent results.

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How does CNC Swiss Machining work?

As an automated lathe, the CNC Swiss technology machines components by spinning on a rotating lathe that shaves material to specified size and shape.

As with other CNC technologies, the CNC Swiss machining uses computer-controlled directions to drive the process for exceptional accuracy. However, Swiss machining offers unique operating characteristics.

  • CAD model drawing that is transferred into a CNC-readable program, known as G-code. The G-code is used to setup the CNC routing machine.
  • CNC controller and computer system that works to direct the movement and follow the CAD model design.
  • The Z-axis motion of Swiss machining means the stock material moves but the tool remains stationary. As a result, Swiss machining can work using a longer turn length or deeper drilling pass than a conventional lathe.
  • Guide bushing and a larger number of axes allows for stability during machining and complete in one process, eliminating the need for secondary operations.

While highly precise and a unique operating methodology, CNC Swiss machining can produce high-quality results for tiny parts or large parts.

What part types and finished products can CNC Swiss Machining produce?

CNC Swiss machining is used in IT, automotive, consumer electronics, medical industries and more. It is suitable for both large and tiny precision parts production. Because CNC Swiss machining requires longer setup times, larger production runs are ideal.

As an ideal technology to fabricate detailed products, it’s important to consider the CNC routing type and tool for the right material.

What materials can be used in CNC Swiss Machining?

Like all CNC machine types, CNC Swiss machining can process almost any type of material. CNC Swiss machines can produce parts from wood, plastics or metals.

Materials that can be used with a CNC Swiss Machining process include:

  • Woods: cherry, pine, ash, oak, and more
  • Plastics: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), acrylic sheets, nylon, polycarbonate, polypropylene, PTFE, and more
  • Metals and allows: steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, brass, and more

How can I find a quality CNC Swiss Machining supplier?

SyncFab provides a readily-available network of U.S.-based CNC Swiss Machining machinists and shops to fulfill orders quickly, economically, and to the highest quality. As a distributed manufacturing platform, SyncFab offers buyers a supplier network that allows handles the RFQ process, manages orders, and tracks production in a secure, online environment.

SyncFab vets CNC Swiss Machining suppliers to ensure shops have the capacity, qualifications, certifications, and experience to deliver. The SyncFab platform handles the documentation and communication making ordering, receiving, and purchasing precision parts simple.

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