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What is CNC machining?
Computer numerical control machining, or CNC machining, is the automated removal of material from a block, such as plastic or metal, resulting in a finished part. The process, known as subtractive manufacturing, is controlled by a customised computer program and executed through the use of motorised machine tools.
What are the advantages of CNC machining?
At Protolabs we offer quick-turn CNC machining that works well for both rapid prototyping and low-volume end-use components. Our stock of more than 30 engineering-grade thermoplastic and metal materials help make machining an ideal choice for functional testing. And given our hundreds of high-speed CNC machines manufacturing parts in less time than it takes to get a quote from more traditional machine shops, the process helps you stay ahead of schedule.
1 to 200+ parts
Shipped in 1 to 3 days
Milling is a CNC machining process that uses rotary cutting tools, that move along multiple axes, to remove material from a block. Our CNC milling process uses 3-axis milling and 5-axis indexed milling to rapidly cut a choice of more than 30 engineering-grade thermoplastics and metals into complex shapes and precision components.
Turning is a CNC machining process that uses a lathe to create detailed functional prototypes and end-use parts with cylindrical features. Our CNC turning process uses a rod stock, in a choice of metal materials, which is rotated against live tooling to create final parts with axial and radial holes, flats, grooves and slots.
Sample Quote for Machining
To get a good idea of how ProtoQuote works, check out a sample quote for machining. You can make adjustments to things like materials and turnaround time, and even manipulate a 3D CAD model with manufacturability analysis.
Quick-Turn CNC Machining
Step inside a high-speed CNC machine to see what’s possible with rapid manufacturing.