What is a CNC Lathe?

A CNC lathe relies on computer numerical control (CNC) systems programmed with specific design instructions. When using this type of equipment, the workpiece is securely clamped and rotated by the main spindle. As the part rotates, the cutting tool removes excess material to shape the part as it moves across various axes.

At JTV Manufacturing, we offer quality CNC lathe services to our customers in Iowa. With these services, we can deliver parts that meet the needs of various applications and industries.

What is a CNC Lathe Used For?

Typically, CNC lathe machines are used to produce round components that feature an Inner Diameter (ID) and Outer Diameter (OD). This type of equipment can machine a wide range of structures based on the needs of different industries and applications.

Some of the key industries that utilize CNC lathes include:

  • Automotive
  • Power plant
  • Medical
  • Oil & gas
  • Shipbuilding
  • Aerospace
  • Mining
  • Steel and paper mills

Today’s CNC lathes typically feature live tools that move on more than one axis. For instance, some tools may operate along an X and Y-axis, or they may include a second spindle or another turret with additional tools. These capabilities make CNC lathes ideal for drilling, milling, and tapping operations that require more flexibility and efficiency. Using CNC lathes, manufacturers can achieve complex parts without needing to transfer them to other machines such as CNC machining centers or milling machines.

Benefits of CNC Lathe Services

CNC lathe services offer several key benefits, including:

  • Rapid Turnaround: Advanced CNC lathe machines can produce highly accurate parts and components with quick turnaround times.
  • Custom Finishes: You can choose from a variety of custom finishes for parts that undergo CNC lathe services, with the ability to build parts to your precise design specifications.
  • Material Selection: CNC lathe machining is compatible with a broad range of plastic and metal materials, meaning it can create parts that adhere to various industry standards.
  • Precision: CNC lathes have the ability to meet some of the tightest tolerances ranging from +/-0.001″ – 0.005″.
  • Scalability: CNC lathe services can meet your production requirements whether you need one or thousands of parts.

Applications of CNC Lathes

The precision and flexibility of CNC lathes make them compatible with many applications. The CNC lathe works by cutting away the excess material from the workpiece, producing an intricate and finished product. The workpiece is commonly secured by one or two centers, but it can also be held in place with clamps or collets.

Many industries rely on this process, from automotive and aerospace applications to firearm manufacturing and sporting goods. CNC lathes can produce screw threads, plane surfaces, and three-dimensional parts with high complexity. Whether working with small or large parts, CNC lathes can achieve extreme accuracy to ensure it fits the needs of your application.

CNC Lathe Services from JTV Manufacturing, Inc.

JTV Manufacturing, Inc. is here to provide precision CNC lathe services to meet your application requirements. In addition to our CNC lathe capabilities, we also provide welding, laser cutting, and steel fabrication services. Whether you require contract manufacturing or short production runs, our CNC lathe services can meet your needs with fast turnaround times.

Contact us today for more information about our CNC lathe services, or request a quote to get started.