Many shops avoid small lathe parts because they don’t have the right capabilities or the experience using small lathe tooling. Shops that do have those capabilities are often only interested in high-volume runs with a minimum of 500 parts or even thousands of parts per order.
Swiss machines are ideal for machining parts with long length to diameter ratios, or parts with complex geometry and small features. They are also great options for less complexparts that need to be made fast. One common misconception is that you have to use expensive, ground material for swiss turning. That isn’t true in most cases and we regularly use common extruded and drawn material ranging from plastic and aluminum to tool steel and stainless steel. We use swiss lathes to efficiently machine micro lathe parts that have to be inspected optically, all the way up to 1.25” diameter parts.
Swiss machines are much more cost effective for machining small parts than larger, more generalized lathes because they are optimized for a small size range. These optimizations include the ability to use a guide bushing to support delicate parts, higher spindle RPM, gang tooling for tool changes of less than .25 seconds, fast spindle synchronization, and dedicated tooling for the sub spindle processes. We also have specialized capabilities to do deep hole drilling, long part ejection, and 5-axis milling. High pressure coolant for chip control and bar loaders enable automation for unattended, high-volume production.
Any shop can make small parts on a standard CNC lathe. But our Swiss turning process is optimized to produce small lathe parts with excellent surface finishes, tight tolerances, and the best consistency in the most efficient way possible.
Benefits of leveraging our Swiss turning capabilities for your small lathe parts include:
When you need a reliable supplier for high quality turned parts 1.25” diameter or under, you need Wagner Machine’s Swiss turning capabilities.
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