Turning Service

CNC Machining Process

Turning Service from 3Diligent

3Diligent provides a turning service for a variety of materials as part of its rapid-manufacturing offerings. In this process, the material is cut with a tool while being rotated at changing speeds to create circular or tubular shapes.

Turning Service Overview

The turning service carves round and circular-shaped metals or plastics into more precise geometries with smooth, tight tolerances. Commonly referred to as lathing, this subtractive manufacturing technology can leverage symmetry along a singular axis to quickly and effectively produce its shapes. The main difference between turning and milling is turning requires the workpiece to rotate around a fixed lathe tool whereas milling is the opposite operation. Common applications include shafts and tubing.

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Turning Service at a Glance

3Diligent process diagram: Machining, turning
Processes Also Known As
Swiss Screw
Lathe
  • Standard Tolerance
    0.005" (0.0005" possible)
  • Stock Surface Finish
    ~3.2 µm Ra
  • Minimum Wall Thickness
    ~0.0315"
Advantages
Highly accurate. Tolerances as low at 0.0005".
Complex round contours. Easily machinable.
Rounded designs. Machinable with fast turnaround.
Limitations
Programming needed. Turning systems require input by expert machinists before parts can be processed.
Only creates parts symmetrically.

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