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CNC Turning

CNC (computer numerical control) turning, one type of CNC machining process, involves a rotational motion of the workpiece and a feed motion of the tool, that is, a linear or curvilinear translational motion without rotation. Simply speaking, the part turns and the tool stays stationary. Turning tools usually include external, internal, threading, grooving, cutting tools, etc. So CNC turning is ideal for machining cylindrical or spherical parts.

At X Rapid Technologies, we use both horizontal CNC turning centers and vertical CNC turning centers to ensure that various CNC turning needs can be fully met. Though the two types of turning centers are nearly the same, vertical CNC turning centers are more frequently applied in machining heavy and short components.

Applications of CNC Turning

CNC turning is widely used in prototyping, rapid tooling, and low and medium-volume production in industries like automotive, electronics, and aerospace to produce components with straight, conical, curved, or grooved features.

How is CNC turning different from CNC milling?

When doing CNC turning, the part rotates for cutting. Inversely, the cutting tool rotates in CNC milling.

CNC turning is mainly used for processing shafts, discs, sleeves, and other workpieces with rotary surfaces. It is the most widely used type of processing in the machinery manufacturing industry.

CNC milling utilizes milling cutters as tools, perfect for processing flat surfaces, grooves, various shaped surfaces (such as gears and threads) and specially shaped surfaces of molds, etc.

Are my parts suitable for CNC turning?

Whenever you need axis-symmetrically cylindrical or spherical parts for rapid prototyping or short-run production, CNC turning is definitely an ideal processing solution. Or talk to X Rapid Technologies, and our experts will help you decide the right and best manufacturing process.

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Material Options for CNC Turning Services


ABS, PMMA (acrylic), PP, PC, POM (Delrin), PA (Nylon), ABS+PC, PVC, PBT, CPVC, etc.


Aluminum, copper, brass, zinc, stainless steel, steel alloys, magnesium, etc.

Why Choose X Rapid Technologies for CNC Turning Services?

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High Accuracy

With experienced technicians and the latest CNC turning centers, X Rapid Technologies always delivers CNC-turned parts with high accuracy.

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High Efficiency

We offer quick-turn CNC turning services. Parts can be delivered within 7 days.

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Our multi-axis CNC turning centers enable several machining operations in one machine, which is very cost-effective for complex-structured parts.

CNC Turning Service FAQs

To make CNC turning parts, please send us files in CAD, STP, STEP, IGS, or X_T format. 

The lead time for creating a one-off CNC turning prototype is usually no less than 3 days. It varies for different projects. We will estimate the lead time during the quoting period.

Sure. We have served the international markets for over 10 years and delivered over 100,000 CNC machined parts globally. Witnessing numerous CNC turning prototypes going to the global markets is an honor and delight for us.

In addition to CNC turning service, we majorly provide CNC milling, CNC grinding, and CNC cutting services to process all kinds of CNC machined parts. 

Of course. You can look at our CNC machined parts on our Case Studies page. Or contact us for some pictures of CNC machined parts.