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Turned Parts – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, turning parts, manufacturing, finishing, and even complex assemblies.
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- Sheet Metal Parts & Assemblies in as Fast as 1-3 Days
- CNC Milled and Turned Parts in as Fast as 1-3 Days
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Because every job is unique, and many require special considerations for materials, finishing, custom work, and/or urgent delivery – our turned parts quotes are turned around by seasoned estimators who confirm all aspects of your job. No automated quoting that works on cookie-cutter algorithms here to limit your project or your imagination. We figure out the best way to run your job first – and that’s why we deliver so many jobs that other shops turn away.
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- Manufacturing Design Assistance
- Laser Cutting - Punching
- Material Graining
- Drilling - Countersinking - Tapping
- Forming - Bending
- Hardware Insertion
- Mechanical Assembly
- TIG, MIG, Spot Welding & Weld Grinding
- Welded Assemblies & Frames
- Up to 5-Axis Milling
- Horizontal & Vertical Milling
- 9-Axis Mill-Turn
- CNC Routing
- Surface Grinding
- Lapping & Polishing
- Welding / Post-Weld Machining
- Heli-Coils / Hardware Inserts
Cutting & Engraving
- Wire EDM Cutting
- Waterjet Cutting
- CO2 Laser
- Quality Engineering Assistance
- CMM Inspection Services
- First Article and AQL Inspections
- Compliance and Document Control
Plastic & Composite Fabrication
- Plastic Thermoforming - Bending
- Cryogenic Deflashing & Deburring
- Plastic Welding
- Thermal, Adhesive, & Mechanical Bonding
- Vapor Polishing
- Radiological Film-Cutting Services
- Manufacturing Design Assistance
- Tooling and Fixture Fabrication
- Electro-Mechanical Services
- Welded, Mechanical, & Small Parts Assembly
- Wire Harnessing
- Laser Cutting – Polymers & Metals
- Insert Installation
- Powder Coating
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- Chem Film
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Definition of Turned Parts
Turned parts are used in different sectors such as automotive, electronics, marine, appliances and telecommunications (just to name a few). These types of parts are created by a turning machine (e.g., lathe) at a high rotating speed. Turned parts can be made of many different kinds of material such as titanium and stainless steel (see a full list of materials below).
Turned parts, also called machined components, are created by a process called turning (often done with Computer Numerical Control, CNC). CNC turning allows for advanced designs and features. This turning process is also cost-effective and creates turned components with precise depth and dimension.
The CNC turning process is carried out using a CNC machine called a CNC lathe which sometimes comes with multi-spindles. Hence, it can work on several workpieces simultaneously at high production rates.
Turned Parts Material List
|Material||Grade / Alloy||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||CNC Machinability (AISI Rating)||Material||Grade / Alloy||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||CNC Machinability (AISI Rating)|
|Brass||C46400||No||55000 - 88000||14500||82||30%|
|Silicon Aluminum Bronze||C64200||No||75000-102000||50000||N/A||60%|
How Turning Differs from Milling and Boring
Turning: The term turning is a machining process where machines such as lathes remove parts of a rotating workpiece with a cutting device. For this process to work, the workpiece must be attached to a turning machine that rotates it while the cutting tool remains static and is used to scrape unwanted material – thus creating the desired shape.
Milling: Unlike turning, milling is a machining process whereby a machine (in this case, a milling machine) uses a rotating cutting tool to remove material from a static workpiece. Both milling and turning operate using the same principle – a cutting tool pressing against an object and scraping material from it. However, the difference between these two machining processes is in their use of rotation. While the workpiece rotates in turning operations, the cutting tool rotates in milling operations.
CNC Lathe Milling Options Available:
3-Axis Lathe – In 3-axis CNC milling, the workpiece remains motionless while the cutting tool mills along three different axes. 3-Axis milling machine applications include contoured shapes, hole features and sharp edges.
4-Axis Lathe – With 4-axis CNC milling, the CNC machine operates on multiple axes, with an additional rotation around one of the axes. This additional rotation is called the A-axis. It is used to create cut-outs on the side of a workpiece.
9-Axis Lathe – The 9-axis CNC machine is similar in basic capabilities to the 5-axis machine but also includes angle milling, balance turning and more. 9-axis machines use both the B-axis and additional tools to create complex parts.
Boring: Like turning, boring is another machining process involving a stationary non-rotating cutting tool to remove parts of a workpiece. However, the difference between these two machining procedures is that the cutting tool removes material inside the workpiece in boring. In other words, boring involves drilling holes in objects using a cutting tool that looks like a drill bit. While turning operations can only be carried out with a lathe, boring operations can be done using a lathe, boring milling machine, or a conventional milling machine.
The table below shows the main differences between turning, milling, and boring.
|Removes external materials from a workpiece using a cutting tool||Removes external material from a workpiece using a cutting tool||Removes material from the internal component of a workpiece (drilling holes inside objects)|
|The workpieces rotates while the cutting tool remains static||The cutting tool rotates while the workpiece is stationery||The workpiece rotates while the cutting tool remains stationery|
|Can only be done with a lathe||Done using a milling machine||Can be done with either a lathe or a milling machine|
CNC Swiss Machine vs. CNC Ganesh Machine
CNC Swiss machines and CNC Ganesh machines are similar in that they can both handle similar types of turned parts production. They can hold a larger number of tools and are great for making smaller precision parts. The difference is in how the machines hold the materials. With a CNC Ganesh machine, you can make smaller diameter parts that you can’t make on a CNC lathe machine.
CNC Machining Machines, Part Sizes and Precision Tolerances
Here are the machines / CNC lathes we use to turn parts:
|Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description||Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Main Spindle Std Chuck: 6" Main Spindle Max Chuck: 8″ - Max turning diameter: 21.25" Max turning length: 40.15"||±0.00008||9-Axis||Doosan|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Swing: 9.1" Max turning diameter 9" - Max turning length: 27.4"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008 Y-axis: ±0.00012 C-axis: ±0.006°||8-Axis||Doosan|
|Mill-Turn||CNC Multi-Axis||Bar Capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Swing: 21.6" Max turning diameter: 13" - Max turning length: 20.1"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008 Y-axis: ±0.00012 C-axis: ±0.006°||Y-Axis||Daewooo|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2" - Chuck capacity: 6.5" - Swing: 20" Max turning diameter: 9.8" - Max turning length: 20"||X & Z-axis: ±0.00008 C-axis: ±0.006°||Daewooo|
|Turning||Manual Lathe||Chuck capacities: 8" / 10" - Spindle Bore: 2" - Max Swing: 16" Swing-over Gap: 24" - Dist Between Centers: 40"||N/A||-||Acra-Turn|
|Turning||Manual Lathe||Chuck capacities: 6" / 8" - Max Swing: 13" Swing-over Gap: 18.75" - Dist Between Centers: 40"||N/A||-||Atrump|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.6" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 26.6" Max turning diameter: 14.76" - Max turning length: 21.28"||Positioning accuracy: ±0.0002 Repeatability: ±0.0001||3-axis||Mazak|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.0" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 10" Max turning diameter: 12" - Max turning length: 18.8"||Positioning accuracy: ±0.0002 Repeatability: ±0.0001||3-axis||Hurco|
|Turning||CNC Lathe||Bar capacity: 2.36" - Chuck capacity: 8" - Max Swing: 18" Max turning diameter: 14" - Max turning length: 40"||±.00018||-||Trak Lathe|
Custom Turning Options
With any turning project, there may be customizations that are requested or required. Here are a few elements that create a more custom turned part scenario.
Shapes – Sometimes, the turning process is used on a workpiece to create a particular shape. The overall shape of the end part, created according to the manufacturer’s needs, will dictate how custom the job will be and the overall cost of the turned part.
Grooves – Grooving is a turning operation that forms narrow cavities (grooves) of specific depth on the external or internal surface of the workpiece. It is a machining process carried out with a CNC lathe. However, the shape of grooves is dependent on the cutting tool shape. Not all turned parts require grooves. When they are required, they can increase the custom nature of the job.
Holes – Hole-making is the process of using machines to create cavities (holes) in a workpiece. It is a material removal process that requires a machine, cutting tool, and workpiece. Hole-making can be done with a variety of machines, such as CNC milling or CNC turning machines. However, specialized equipment such as drill presses or tapping machines can be used for hole-making. In such situations, additional tooling may be necessary, creating a custom turned part situation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a broker or a manufacturer?
We are a full service sheet metal and machining manufacturer with four U.S. production facilities across the nation allowing us to deliver your high-quality parts FAST.
Does PROTOTEK manufacture in higher-volume quantities?
We focus on prototypes to low-volume production and can do larger runs. All our parts, from one – to 100 – to 1,000+ are always delivered with production-quality finish.
What are your payment terms?
PROTOTEK offers Net 30 payment terms for established customers with good credit.
What file formats are required or suggested for requesting a quote?
We accept .STP, .DWG, .IGS, .PDF, Parasolid files, and more.
What if I need help with my part design?
Our estimators are on hand to discuss your specific job needs. Our expert team can help you move your project smoothly through the design process and on to delivery.
If I do not have a CAD model, can you quote/fabricate my parts?
Yes, we can work directly from your drawings. Additional engineering charge (NRC) may apply depending on complexity.
How do I submit my NDA and other document requests?
Submit your NDA, Approved Vendor and other document requests to your sales rep or estimator.
How long is a quote valid?
Our quotes stand firm for 7 days from the date of issue.
How fast can I get my order?
Lead time for standard orders is 10 business days. Expediting options are available, including emergency service – down to as fast as 1-2 business days, depending on complexity of work and materials.