# CNC PROCESSES

CNC Turning Services

XTmade uses state-of-the-art CNC machining centers to machine aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, standard and super alloys, and more. They feature multi-axis capabilities, live tooling, and quick-change fixtures to achieve precise machine print results on tight tolerance parts and assemblies.

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Custom CNC Turning Services to Tight Tolerances

Our production shop is climate controlled and the facility is located away from all sources of vibration. These measures are designed to meet the most stringent requirements of aerospace, medical, semiconductor and other advanced technology industries. Turning capabilities include contour, form, taper and straight turning as well as single point threading and broaching. Live tooling helps efficiently machine complex patterns and shapes. Parts can be machined from a variety of alloys such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and bronze, including difficult to machine specialty alloys such as Invar and Inconel. CNC lathes are capable of turning parts up to 13.75 inches in diameter and 24 inches in length.

Other services include 3, 4 or 5 axis CNC milling, jig drilling, wire EDM, surface finishing and CMM equipment inspection. We pride ourselves on having many years of experience and a team that produces high quality, precision work.

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Our Lathe Division

Our production lathe division has the equipment, staff and software to produce your parts quickly and consistently. We specialize in small to medium sized parts of any material or complexity with tolerances down to .0001" (.0025mm). Chuck capacities range from 6" to 14" with 3" bar capacity, live tooling, and a Y-axis. The chuck machines can handle bars up to 2.625" in diameter and the Swiss lathes can handle bars up to 1.25" in diameter. Our chuck machines and Swiss lathes are multi-channel with sub-spindles to allow for the use of multiple tools simultaneously. They also feature bar feeders, live mills with a Y-axis, and front or rear part ejection for automated machining.

Differences Between CNC Turning and Milling

There are multiple differences between CNC turning and CNC milling. During CNC turning, the workpiece rotates while a cutting tool subtracts material. CNC milling uses a different approach, moving the tool along a stationary workpiece. CNC turning is good for projects that need cylindrical part, whereas CNC milling should be used for projects where cylindrical features are not required. CNC milling may be used as a secondary finish to add definition. Complex parts that require prismatic and cylindrical features may use a combination of milling and turning.

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Materials for CNC Turning

We stock a range of metal materials and plastic that are suitable for various part applications and industries. 

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Low Carbon Steel
  • Steel Alloy
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • plastic
Materials for CNC Turning
Surface Finishes For CNC Turning

Surface Finishes For CNC Turning

With our expertise in CNC turning and surface finishing, we can help you achieve the perfect balance between precision and aesthetics in your machined parts.

  • Anodizing
  • Bead Blasting
  • Powder Coating
  • Electroplating
  • Polishing
  • Brushing

CNC Turning Tolerances

Our ISO 9001-certified company excels in precision component creation for medical, aerospace, & industrial designs. With CNC lathes, we achieve tight tolerances of ±0.005”, ensuring pinpoint accuracy. Metals adhere to ISO 2768-m, plastics to ISO 2768-c.

TypeCNC Turning
Maximum Part Size200×500 mm
7.9×19.7 in.
Minimum Part Size1×1 mm
0.079×0.079 in.
Minimum Feature SizeΦ 0.50 mm
Φ 0.00197 in.
Standard TolerancesMetals: ISO 2768-m
Plastics: ISO 2768-c
Linear Dimension+/- 0.01 mm
+/- 0.001 in.
Hole Diameters
(Not Reamed)
+/- 0.025 mm
+/- 0.001 in.
Shaft Diameters+/- 0.025 mm
+/- 0.001 in.
Threads and Tapped HolesDiameter: Φ 1.5-5 mm, depth: 3×diameter
Diameter: Φ 5 mm or more, depth: 4-6×diameter
TextXTmade can use laser marking to create standard text for CNC turned parts.
Edge ConditionSharp corners will be removed in the form of a chamfer or radius. The size of the chamfer, or resulting radii, must be indicated on the drawing.

Basic Types Of CNC Turning Processes

The process range of CNC turning is very wide, which can be processed various types of rotary surfaces, such as external turning, internal turning, taper turning, parting, facing, boring, reaming, drilling, knurling, threading, grooving, etc.

O.D. and I.D. Turning – For machining precise cylindrical features.  For machining precise cylindrical features. Turned parts can continue to be machined in depth, with visible tool marks (Tool used: General turning tool)
Parting and Grooving – For parting off, or cutting a “groove” profile in either the internal or external part of a part (Tool used: Parting and grooving inserts)
Facing – Flattening the face of the workpiece (Tool used: Facing tool)
Boring and Reaming – Enlarging or finishing of existing holes to obtain highly accurate diameters (Tool used: Boring and reaming tools)
Drilling – Remove materials to drill holes from the inside of a workpiece (Tool used: Drills)
Threading – Machining of threads by turning, may be done in either the internal or external area of the workpiece. (Tool used: Threading tools)

What Is CNC Turning?

In the CNC turning process, otherwise known as subtractive machining, a chuck holds a bar of material, such as plastic or metal, in place. The piece rotates on a lathe, allowing a computer-controlled turret with attached tooling to cut the material into a specified shape based on programmed instructions. The more tools a turret can hold, the more complex options are available for the part. CNC lathes and turning centers can utilize a variety of processes to create different end results.

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Commitment to Quality

At XTmade, we understand that every project is unique, which is why we offer a range of materials to meet our customers' needs. Whether you need a part made from aluminum, stainless steel, or another metal, we have the expertise and resources to deliver the results you need.
Our commitment to quality is reflected in every aspect of our CNC turning services, from the choice of materials to the rigorous quality control processes we implement. We pride ourselves on providing parts that meet the highest quality standards, and we are committed to exceeding our customers' expectations.

Multi-industry applications

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Automotive 350

Automotive

Automotive grade certified precision parts.
Consumer Products 350

Consumer electronics

First choice for new product launches.
Medical Devices 350

Medical and Dental

Medical grade certified precision parts.
Aerospace Industry 350

Aerospace & Aviation

Precision manufacturing boosts aerospace development.
Industrial Machinery 350

Industrial machinery

Multiple material choices make industrial parts more competitive.
Robotics and Automations 350

Robotics

Accelerate the development of the future robotics industry.

Are you ready to start your next CNC project?

We offer a range of finishing services for you to choose from, and thanks to our Quality Assurance Inspection Services, you can rest assured that you will receive quality parts every time. Once you send us your 3D CAD file for a free quote, one of our customer service engineers will check the manufacturability of your design to ensure that the part will meet your expectations and budget requirements.

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