CNC Turning Services

CNC turning is ideal for creating cylindrical parts. During this subtractive machining process, the software controlling the lathe ensures high accuracy and repeatability throughout the production cycle.

Fractory’s CNC turning services offer state-of-the-art machinery suitable for large-scale manufacturing but we also accept one-off small jobs.

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Just upload your CAD files onto the platform to get an instant quote and lead time. After confirming, we take care of the manufacturing side of things, using state-of-the-art machinery.

The process looks like this:

  • Go to Fractory’s platform.
  • Upload your 3D CAD files onto the platform. Supported formats include STP, SLDPRT and IPT.
  • Select your material and address for an instant price and lead time.
  • We will take care of the delivery, regardless of where you are in the UK.

If you have any questions turn to our engineers via email.

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What Is CNC Turning?

CNC turning is a manufacturing process suited best for creating cylindrical parts. The most common example of a turned part is a shaft. The abbreviation CNC refers to computer numerical control, meaning that all the actions are performed automatically according to the CAD files uploaded to the CNC lathe.

CNC lathes cut the shape by spinning the workpiece. The cutting tool is brought into contact with the workpiece and as a result, metal chips are removed to achieve the desired shape.

Learn more about CNC turning from our comprehensive guide on our engineering blog.

CNC Lathing Process

A standard CNC lathe has 2 axes: X and Z. This means that the fixed cutting tools can move along the side of the part and to and from. However, there are more advanced CNC turning machines available that enable the lathe to move across the job. The benefit of an added Y axis is that it allows to machine holes, keyways and other features that are not on the centerline of the component.

The different operations CNC lathes can perform include but are not limited to lathing, drilling, boring, threading. Today, large CNC turning centres may include both CNC milling and turning capabilities. Milling machines add an extra layer of capabilities, making these machines really powerful for creating intricate parts.

Modern CNC machining centres guarantee tight tolerances and high repeatability to create precision machined parts that are virtually identical every time, all this with rapid turnaround times.

Our large network of manufacturing partners guarantees access to a wide range of CNC machines with various capabilities, which should satisfy your precision machining needs in the most cost-effective way.

CNC Turning FAQ

What CAD file formats are supported for CNC turning?

Our platform currently supports the universal .stp format as well as file types native to SolidWorks (.sldprt) and Autodesk Inventor (.ipt).

What are the material requirements?

Fractory’s CNC turning service can process a wide range of materials. Among these are metal materials like steel, stainless steel, aluminium, titanium, copper alloys, etc but also engineering plastics such as PE, POM, PP etc.

Turning for wood and other materials is not currently available on our online platform but we’re constantly looking to add more materials and manufacturing processes.

Is there a minimum order size?

No, our CNC turning services accept both small one-off jobs and large batch orders.

Through our extensive network of manufacturers, we have the resources to handle all types of CNC turning projects, from start to finish. Whether you’re looking to prototype a small, simple idea or fabricate a large batch of bespoke parts, Fractory has got you covered.

Do you deliver to my address?

Yes, we serve the UK and also deliver to the whole EU and the US.

Let us ease your workload! Order metal fabrication from Fractory and experience the benefits yourself: 1-1 engineering support, payment terms for companies, a single point of contact, competitive pricing, on-time deliveries and quality control.
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