Our CNC turning service capabilities
From prototyping to full production runs. Our wide range of CNC lathes and turning centers will allow you to produce highly accurate, high quality parts to meet even your most stringent requirements.
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CNC turning machines are able to provide low cost parts for simple cylindrical geometries. Live tooling is available for more complex geometries and is assessed on a case by case basis.
Maximum capabilities for CNC turning
|Part size limitations||Metric units||Imperial units|
|Maximum part diameter||431 mm||17 in|
|Maximum part length||990 mm||39 in|
|Maximum swing over the carriage||350 mm||13.7 in|
|Maximum spindle through-hole||40 mm||1.5 in|
Maximum speed: 1700RPM Motor power: 640W
Here is a list of our standard CNC machining materials available.
|Plastics||Aluminum||Stainless steel||Other steels||Other metal|
|ABS||6061-T6||303||Mild steel 1018||Brass C360|
|Nylon 6||6082||304||Mild steel 1045||Copper C101|
|POM (Delrin)||7075||316||Mild steel A36||Copper C110|
|Polycarbonate||5083||2205 Duplex||Alloy steel 4140|
|PVC||17-4||Alloy steel 4340|
|HDPE||Tool steel O1|
|PTFE (Teflon)||Tool Steel A2|
|PEEK||Tool Steel D2|
More materials and heat treatments are available upon request
Available surface finishes
Surface finishes are applied after machining and can change the appearance, surface roughness, hardness and chemical resistance of the produced parts.
|As Machined (standard)||~125 RA µin (3.2 RA µm). Minor tool marks will be visible on the part.|
|Smoothed||Parts are machined at a lower feed rate in order to achieve a surface roughness of ~62.5 RA µin (1.6 RA µm). Surface roughness can be decreased up to ~32 RA µin (0.8RAµm) upon request.|
|Bead Blasted||Bead blasting adds a uniform matte or satin surface finish on a machined part, removing all tool marks. Mainly used for aesthetic purposes.|
|Anodized Clear or Color (type II)||Anodizing adds a thin, hard, non-conductive ceramic coating on the surface of aluminum parts, increasing their corrosion and wear resistance. Available in a variety of colors.|
|Anodized Hardcoat (type III)||Hardcoat anodizing produces a thicker ceramic coating providing excellent corrosion and wear resistance. for functional applications.|
|Powder Coated||Powder coating adds a thin layer of strong, wear and corrosion resistant protective polymer paint on the surface of a part. Available in a large range of colors.|
|Electropolished||Electropolishing is an electrochemical process used to polish, passivate and deburr metal parts. It is useful to reduce surface surface roughness.|
|Black oxide||Black oxide is a conversion coating used to improve corrosion resistance and minimize light reflection.|
|Brushing||Brushing is produced by polishing the metal with grit resulting in a unidirectional satin finish.|
Other surface finishes are also available. Learn more about our metal and plastic surface finishing capabilities here.
The table below summarizes the standard tolerances of the parts produced by certified 3D Hubs Manufacturing Partners. Tolerances up to .0008” (0.020mm) are available upon request.
|Part size / Dimension||Tolerance||Angularity|
|< 12’’ (300 mm)||± .005’’ (0.125 mm)||± 0.5°|
|< 24’’ (600 mm)||± .010’’ (0.250 mm)||± 1.0°|
|< 36’’ (900 mm)||± 1/64’’ (0.400 mm)||± 1.0°|
Tightest tolerance: ±.0008’’ (0.020 mm) Tighter tolerances are examined on a case by case basis with your technical drawings.
CNC turning design guidelines
The table below summarizes the recommended and technically feasible values for the most common features encountered in CNC machined parts.
Learn more in our Engineering Guide to CNC machining.
|Feature||Recommended size||Feasible size|
|Min. feature size||Ø 2.5 mm||Ø 0.50 mm|
|Internal edges||R 8 mm||R 0.25 mm|
|Minimum wall thickness||0.8 mm (for metals) 1.5 mm (for plastics)||0.5 mm (for metals) 1.0 mm (for plastics)|
|Holes||Diameter:standard drill bit sizes Depth: 4 x diameter||Diameter: Ø 0.5 Depth: 10 x diameter|
|Threads||Size: M6 or larger Length: 3 x diameter||Size: M2|
- ISO9001 certified Manufacturing Partners on request
- Inspection report included in every order. Full dimensional inspection reports on request
- Material certifications and test reports available on request
- Batch inspection in concurrence with ISO2859
- Strict NDA agreements with all Manufacturing Partners
- Manufacturing Partner performance tracking on lead time and quality