What is CNC Turning Machining?

Like, CNC milling, CNC turning is used as a manufacturing process for precision parts production. Sometimes used synonymously with CNC lathe, CNC turning centers are typically more flexible, offer more tools and design options, and can produce more parts per day.

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How does CNC Turning work?

Like CNC milling, a CNC turning machine holds a block of material and the mechanism rotates while material is removed to create the shape. CNC turning is typically used to manufacture cylindrical-type forms and is a straightforward process:

  • CAD model is drawn on a computer by an engineer or designer.
  • The CAD file is transferred into a CNC-readable program, also known as G-code. The G-code is used to setup the CNC turning center.
  • The stock material is rotated on a metal rod while a CNC cutting tool removes material to the shape dictated by the software.
  • Parts can be left as-machined by the CNC turning (with more visible machine marks) or bead blasted and finished smooth.

For more complex shapes and finishes, CNC turning can be combined with CNC milling and other processes.

What part types can CNC Swiss Turning produce?

CNC turning uses many different operations to create parts including facing to produce a flat surface, threading (internal and external) knurling for regular roughness on a cylinder shape, drilling and boring to make holes, and more.

Virtually any type of cylindrical, gear or rounded part can be created using CNC turning. The operation is used to manufacture parts for automotive, aerospace, agriculture, and other industries. CNC turning is used for shift knobs, auto parts, knobs, pulleys and shafts, toy parts, flywheels, hubs, disc cam, crankshafts, and more.

Why should buyers consider CNC Turning

As a staple in precision parts manufacturer, if a part can be made using CNC turning it will result in the highest quality part against traditional or manual methods. Buyers can count on a high accuracy of each surface, stable precision regardless of the production run, fine finishing, and high quality for fine details.

CNC turning is a great technology for functional prototypes, end-use parts, cylindrical features, and parts with holes, flats, grooves, and slots. The process works quickly, efficiently, and is typically cost effective for buyers looking for large quantities. Because CNC turning is so efficient, there is minimal waste.

What materials can be used in CNC Turning?

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

Materials that can be used with a CNC milling 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 Turning supplier?

SyncFab provides a readily-available network of U.S.-based CNC turning centers and machining shop 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 turning 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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