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CNC turning machine using a cutting tool to shape a CNC machined part

CNC Turning in Grand Rapids, MI | CNC Turning Center & Lathe Machine

CNC turning services in Grand Rapids, MI. As a leading contract manufacturer of precision-machined products across the country, the turning services at Roberson Machine Company deliver not just faster parts, but more accurate and impeccable results every time.

With thousands of square feet to house CNC turning centers, lathes, and the most state-of-the-art CNC machining technologies, we have the capacity to turn out thousands of identical components in a short amount of time, even with the most demanding specifications. Our quality management system allows our facility to complete each project—from concepting all the way to shipping—in the most efficient way possible.

Let us handle your short, medium, and long-run productions as well as all of your other manufacturing needs! To discuss your CNC turning in Grand Rapids, MI, project in more detail or to find out about partnering with Roberson Machine Company, please contact us or call 573-646-3996.

CNC Turning Services Grand Rapids, MI

At Roberson Machine Company, we specialize in horizontal CNC turning, which is an intricate, rapid method of creating custom machinery for many different applications.

Our primary turning services in Grand Rapids, MI, include:

  • Hard turning
  • Long turning up to 48 inches in length
  • Large, medium, and short runs
  • Prototyping
  • Tight tolerances
  • Short lead times
  • Ability to turn most alloys, metals, certain types of plastics, and other product materials

By utilizing automated CNC machining and CAD/CAM software, our turning services are capable of taking a solid chunk of raw material and milling, drilling, tapping, threading, engraving, or boring it to create a ready-to-ship, finished product — all without common operator errors.

We want to be your contract manufacturer of choice when it comes to CNC lathe machine services in Grand Rapids. Contact our team today to get started.

CNC Turning Machined Parts


CNC Lathe Machined Parts Grand Rapids – Applications & Benefits

CNC turning is a process that “turns” the workpiece while metal is shaved away in a quick series of motions, allowing us to produce a large number of well-finished, identical components in a short period of time. A bar of metal is held in place by a “lathe,” which is one of the oldest manufacturing technologies in the world. It is then rotated at a high RPM while the single point cutting tool creates the designed end shape.

CNC turning may work best in these common applications:

  • Your part has diameters or is cylindrical, tubular, or round in shape
  • You have a lot of parts that need to be produced
  • You are under strict time limits
  • You require free range of motion to make everything from complex to straightforward designs
  • You want each piece to conform to the same precise specifications

All industries including commercial, automotive, and oil and energy can benefit from CNC turning; however, the aeronautical and medical sectors—where attention to detail is highly important— may benefit the most. The products created for these industries can range from simple rings to complex curved components and beyond. Examples include pulleys, knobs, bars, tubes, bellows, flanges, bushings, shafts,etc.

A CNC turning machine can certainly be used in a variety of ways to meet your needs — contact us to see what CNC turning in Grand Rapids, MI, can do for you!


Turning Center vs. Lathe Machine

At Roberson Machine Company, we utilize both lathes and turning centers in our facility, which gives us the capability to manufacture most of the components you need; however, there are key differences between these types of machines:

Lathe machines have two axes (X and Z-axis), one spindle, and can be flat-bed type making them simpler machines to use in general.

CNC turning centers can have 3, 4, or 5-axes (including a Y-axis) as well as sub-spindles and multiple turrets. They are usually slant-bed type and have full-machine enclosures that keep coolant splashes and chips inside the machine. There are many versatile applications these types of machines offer, including turning, tapping, drilling, and milling. Plus, due to the fact that they are completely controlled by a computer, the CNC turning center is able to have great precision when moving on all axes at once.

A turning center may come in both vertical and horizontal structures, with horizontal being the most common for a number of reasons. In these types of applications, a horizontally-oriented spindle allows gravity to make any metal chips fall into the bed below, which means the workpiece can be kept clean during the cutting process.


Best CNC Turning in Grand Rapids, MI | Roberson Machine Company

As a leading provider of turning, machining, and milling services, our team knows what our clients require for long-term and sustainable success. We can choose the right machining service to meet your production targets within your budget and on time.

To discuss your production goals or request a quote for CNC turning in Grand Rapids, MI, and CNC machining services, contact Roberson Machine Company or call 573-646-3996.


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