CNC Milling and Turning

CNC milling is a type of CNC machining services option that is very similar to drilling and cutting. CNC milling utilizes a cylindrical cutting tool that can rotate in various directions. Unlike traditional drilling, a milling cutter can move along multiple axes. CNC milling machines can also create numerous types of shapes, slots, holes, and other necessary impressions that a standard drill could never achieve. As an added benefit the work piece of a CNC mill can be moved across the milling tool in specific directions. A drill is only able to achieve a single axis motion, which limits its overall production capability.

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Material Options for CNC milling and Turning

Our CNC milling and CNC turning machines have the capabilities to manufacture parts and components using premium quality carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel materials. Like the processes of drilling and cutting, specific CNC machine tools must be chosen for each material that is machined. Additionally, the density of the material at-hand, along with the rotation of the cutting tool, must be taken into consideration prior to starting the milling production process.

CNC Milling Production Capabilities

CNC mills are very efficient when it comes to conserving materials. A CNC mill generally produces very little waste materials, which can save on material costs over the lifespan of the machine. The types of products that CNC mills can fabricate, include:

  • Prototype parts
  • Complex short-run production parts
  • Precision parts & components 

The extreme efficiency that CNC mills provide can transform a productions process in time, precision and the quality of the materials that are being manufactured.

CNC Turning Production Capabilities 

A CNC turning lathe is designed to rotate a piece of material at a high speed while the machine's computer programmed software guides the cutting tools to their specified locations. The cutting tools then cut away the excessive material to reveal the desired designed part. However, machinists are still needed to operate CNC turning lathes to makes sure that the dimensions exactly fit the blueprint specifications. CNC turning is used to create the following types of operations: 

  • Facing
  • Parting
  • Grooving
  • Boring
  • Drilling
  • Knurling
  • And more 

Differences Between CNC Milling and Turning

CNC milling and turning allow users to create patterns and add detail to metals that are impossible to do by hand. However, CNC Milling and CNC Turning are very different processes that usually end up with entirely different results. They both use computer programming to achieve their end results, but the differences lie in the way their finalized parts are created.

For example, CNC milling drills and turns its material along an axis to cut its materials to their specified dimensions. Conversely, CNC turning uses a single-point cutting tool that maintains a parallel insert to cut its intended material. Furthermore, the material is rotated at changing speeds at which the cutting tool traverses to make its specified cylindrical cuts. The form, shape and dimensions of the finalized product will dictate whether CNC milling or CNC turning is appropriate for your given project.

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Note: Our CNC machining capabilities are currently limited to carbon steel, alloy steel, and stainless steel forgings.