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CNC Machining Services
The Fictiv network connects hundreds of highly vetted machinists across the country. This gives engineers streamlined access to a wide range of 50+ models of CNC Lathe machines, including:
We can drill holes as small as 0.5mm (0.020″) in diameter.
Our maximum drillable hole depth is 12x drill bit diameter.
We support features with lengths up to 5x their diameters.
Internal and external grooves must be at least 0.4 mm (0.016″) wide.
Cost Saving Tip
To reduce costs, limit the number of part setups, the number of inspection dimensions or tight tolerances, and deep pockets with small radii.
For cylindrical parts such as pins, shafts, and spacers, or parts with general rotational symmetry, ‘turning’ them on a lathe is usually the simplest and most cost effective choice. Contrary to a mill, a lathe operates by fixturing cylindrical stock, called a rod, into a rotating chuck jaw on the machine. As this chuck rotates at a high RPM, so does the stock, and a fixed-orientation tool then translates along and across the stock to cut part features.
A CNC lathe equipped with live-tooling has all the capabilities of a standard lathe, but instead of relying solely on stationary tools, it can have rotating cutters such as drills or endmills, allowing for greater machining freedom and the introduction of asymmetrical features into the part without additional fixturing setups.