CNC Swiss turning is a precision machining process wherein a metal workpiece is spun on a CNC-operated rotating lathe as a cutting tool shaves it down to the desired size. The specialized design of Swiss turning machines allows the force of the tool to be exerted directly where the workpiece is emerging from the guide bushing. This additional level of stability as the piece is machined helps to eliminate deflections to achieve a greater degree of precision.
Because it utilizes CNC technology, Swiss turning machines can be equipped with multiple sets of tooling. This allows several operations to be performed on the workpiece over a shorter period of time.
At Wisconsin Stamping and Manufacturing, we utilize state-of-the-art CNC Swiss turning equipment to manufacture high-precision cylindrical components for critical applications. Our machining process allows us to produce parts with extremely tight tolerances and precise dimensions. We are able to turn, mill, drill, and ream in a single setup, eliminating the need for most secondary operations.
Using highly-skilled machinists and advanced turning equipment, we can fabricate simple and complex components out of a variety of common and exotic materials. These include:
Additionally, for parts requiring specific surface characteristics or properties, we offer the following finishing options:
To complement our machining services, we also offer the following secondary services. These operations allow us to provide finished parts in virtually any form requested, saving the customer from the hassle and expense of having to manage multiple vendors.
Although they share some functional similarities, Swiss turning and conventional turning differ significantly in their designs. Conventional turning machines have a fixed headstock, and the workpiece is gripped at one or both ends as it is cut. In contrast, Swiss turning machines are designed with a movable headstock that feeds the workpiece through a supporting guide bushing. Because the cutting force is exerted near the point of support, the material can be held firmly in place as the machining process occurs. This reduces the occurrence of vibrations and deflections, resulting in a part with extremely tight tolerances and high levels of accuracy.
CNC Swiss turning offers other benefits as well, including:
Swiss-style machines were originally developed in the late 19th century for the production of high-quality Swiss watches. The Swiss watch industry needed a machining process that could fabricate small, slender components with tight tolerances and high accuracy. Since then, process refinements and the addition of CNC technology have made Swiss machining an ideal process for a growing number of applications with tight tolerance requirements. Modern swiss turning machines are capable of producing high-precision parts of varying sizes and complexities.
Some of the most common industries utilizing Swiss-machined components include:
At Wisconsin Stamping and Manufacturing, our advanced CNC Swiss turning equipment, skilled machinists, and extensive quality control measures allow us to deliver superior products with unparalleled levels of precision. In addition to Swiss turning, we also offer a wide range of in-house fabrication services, finishing treatments, and secondary operations to make sure products are prepared according to your exact specifications. Whether you need a single prototype or a full production run, our team is committed to understanding your unique needs and making sure they are met.
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