How does CNC turning work?

Types of materials to be turned

What materials can you machine on a CNC machine? They range from aluminum and steel to stainless steel and brass. Within turning there are different disciplines such as longitudinal turning, slotting (grooving, parting off and end slotting), profile turning, thread turning, taper turning and hard turning.

The number of axes on our machines varies from 2 to 8. With the 8-axis machines with double spindle, products can be completely machined in one set-up and provided with cross holes, slots, threads, grooves, etc. All kinds of CNC turning operations required to produce fine metal products and parts.

Turning metalworking process

Specially designed, non-rotating cutting tools move in a line as the material rotates and a hole, notch or slot is cut, for example. It is possible to work with various types of lathes, ranging from manually operated CNC lathes for smaller quantities to the most advanced CNC turning centers currently available for larger production runs.

Applications for CNC turning

On modern CNC turning centers, they produce various fine metal parts, for example for agricultural machinery, machine controls and sorting machines. But also for many machines in the food processing industry. For example, metal parts for the function of gears with keyways in them. But also complex machining is done for customers. For example, “hard turning”. In order to make the surface particularly smooth or to give it a certain appearance, we can turn hardened materials. For example, we can re-turn bushings for drilling in the earth’s crust.

Computer controlled machining

Turning operations are carried out with the help of high quality CNC machining technology. Depending on the size of the series, the machines are fed manually or mechanically. For single pieces or small series, the machines are fed manually. For medium and very large series, we use a loading robot, a cobot or a bar loader.