CNC

Computer Numerical Control - Turning

CNC turning is an automated manufacturing process that creates precise parts.

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  • 1-2 weeks

    Average lead time
  • 15+

    Materials to choose from
  • 5 min

    Time to place order

High-quality, complex parts with CNC turning

CNC turning is a subtractive manufacturing technology that creates high-quality, precise prototypes and production parts. The technology is similar to CNC milling, unlike 3D printing, as it builds a part by removing excess material to form a final part.

CNC is a computer-automated manufacturing machine that follows a CAD file to complete a finished product. A CNC turning is a manufacturing process that has two main functions: part of the machine holds the material while a tool is used to sinter the material until a finished piece is created. Using computerized controls, the machine positions and moves the material towards the tool to create the details of the design. With detailed precision, the CNC machine works with a wide range of material options until the desired design is realized.

Similar to milling, CNC turning is a great option for those wanting to create prototypes or production parts with either metal or plastic. The technology offers a wide variety of high-quality material options, accurate precise parts and compatibility with 3D parts. CNC turning contributes to prototyping and production across various industries including aerospace, military, automotive and more.

Benefits of CNC Turning

  • Prototyping and short-run production
  • Durable metal or plastic parts
  • Custom, precise parts
  • Accurate, complex geometries
  • Pairs well with 3D printing technology
  • Diverse applications
Options

CNC Turning materials

Lead timeTolerancesMax size capability $-$$$$
ABS/ASA1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Acrylic1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Polycarbonate 1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Polypropylene1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
POM (Derlin/Acetal) 1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
PTFE (Teflon)1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
HDPE1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Composite1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
RenShape Foam Modeling Board1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Nylon1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Ultem1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Peek1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Aluminum 1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$$
Copper1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Steel1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$$
Titanium1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$$
UHMW1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$
Zinc Alloy1-2 weeks+/-0.005” first inch50” x 20” x 20$$

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