CNC Turning

Our CNC turning process produces custom prototypes and end-use production parts in as fast as 1 day. We use a CNC lathe with live tooling so features like axial and radial holes, flats, grooves and slots can be machined.

CNC Turning design guidelines will help you understand capabilities and limitations.

Why Use CNC Turning For Your Project?

Protolabs’ CNC machining service can deliver machined parts, in both plastic and metal, in less time than it takes to get a quote from other, more traditional machine shops. Upload a CAD file, choose the material and part quantity, and tell us when you need the parts. 

CNC material data sheets can be found in our Material Comparison Guide

How Does CNC Turning Work?

During the CNC turning process, a metal rod is rotated while a cutting tool is held against the stock to remove material and create final parts. The lathe rapidly machines your parts in a subtractive turning process with additional live tooling. Outside diameter (OD) and inside diameter (ID) threading is also available.

Turned parts can then be left as-machined, with visible tool marks, or bead blasted. When the run is complete, parts are inspected, boxed and shipped shortly thereafter.


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  • 1 to 200+ parts
  • Shipped in 1 to 3 days
Common Applications
  • functional prototypes and end-use parts
  • parts with cylindrical features
  • parts with axial and radial holes, flats, grooves, and slots

 

Watch: CNC Machining process and capability

Proto Labs is the world's fastest source for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts. Our high-speed CNC machining service uses advanced CNC technologies to create parts ranging from highly complex prototypes to functional, end-use parts. A range a plastic and metal materials are available through two CNC processes: milling and turning. Get 1 to 200+ parts in as fast as one day with CNC machining at Proto Labs.


 

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Product designers and engineers can upload a 3D CAD model online at any time to receive an interactive ProtoQuote® with free design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis and real-time pricing information within hours. The DFM analysis helps eliminate potential problems like sink, challenging undercuts or walls that are too thin or thick. Once a part design is ready and a quote approved, production begins almost immediately. Upload a part today for a ProtoQuote with design analysis.



Turning Materials

We stock a range of metal materials that are suitable for various part applications and industries. Choose from aluminium, mild steel, stainless steel, brass and titanium for turned parts.

 

 

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Design Guidelines

Our basic guidelines for CNC turning include important design considerations to help improve part manufacturability, enhance cosmetic appearance and reduce overall production time.

 

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