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CNC Turning Services - Metal Longbed Shaft Turning

Wisconsin Metal Tech is a leading provider of precision machining services, including shaft turning. Our team has a wealth of experience in producing high-quality, complex parts, and we are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to handle even the most challenging projects.

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Lower Cost, Fast Turnaround for Long, Large-Diameter Metal Parts and Shafts

Our advanced CNC lathe machines have been designed to handle cutting operations on metal materials with precision and efficiency. We can work on metal pieces up to 60 inches in length and 7 inches in diameter in a single operation, thanks to our machines’ powerful cutting capabilities and advanced features.

Our machines are equipped with live tooling, a steady rest, tailstock, and high-pressure cooling, enabling us to handle demanding projects with ease. These features not only improve the accuracy and efficiency of the cutting process but also allow us to perform multiple processes in a more streamlined manner, saving time and resources.

Our CNC lathe machines are perfect for industries that require fast and precise cutting of metal materials, and it is sure to be a valuable addition to any production line.

Shaft Turning Services

Wisconsin Metal Tech’s shaft-turning services are ideal for machining long, complex parts to precise dimensions and tolerances. With machining features such as live tooling, a steady rest, tailstock, and high-pressure cooling, our shaft machining and turning services provide improved efficiencies for demanding processes.

Our equipment capabilities are perfect for turning metal and rubber materials. Read more about turning.

  • Typical lead time of 3-6 weeks
  • Capable of cutting up to 7” diameter and 60” length
  • Live tooling
  • Heat Treating
  • Electropolishing
  • Passivating
  • Plating
  • Titanium Nitride
  • Anodizing
  • Stress Relieving
  • Ultrasonic
  • Cleaning
  • Harperize
  • Descaling
  • Hard Coating
  • Gun Drilling

What is Shaft Turning

Shaft turning, also known as CNC turning, is a machining process used to create a cylindrical surface on a workpiece. It involves rotating the workpiece while a cutting tool removes material from it to create the desired shape. Shaft turning can be performed on a variety of materials, including metals, plastics, and composites.

There are several types of shaft turning, including rough turning, finish turning, and precision turning. Rough turning is used to quickly remove material and create a rough shape, while finish turning is used to achieve a more precise shape and finish. Precision turning is used for extremely tight tolerances and high-quality finishes.

Shaft turning can be performed on a lathe, which is a machine tool that rotates the workpiece while the cutting tool is held stationary. The cutting tool can be moved along the axis of the workpiece to create the desired shape. Shaft turning can also be done with a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathe, which uses a computer program to control the movement of the cutting tool.

History of Shaft Turning

Shaft turning, also known as lathe turning, is a machining process in which a workpiece is rotated against a cutting tool to create cylindrical shapes. The history of shaft turning can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where artisans used hand-powered lathes to shape wood and metal. In the early 19th century, steam-powered lathes were developed, which greatly increased the speed and precision of the machining process.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the development of electricity and the mass production movement led to the introduction of automatic lathes. These machine tools were capable of producing identical parts at a much faster rate than manual lathes.

Over the years, lathe technology has continued to evolve, with the introduction of computer numerical control (CNC) lathes in the late 20th century. CNC lathes are equipped with computer controls that allow for highly precise and automated machining. Today, lathe turning is an essential part of the manufacturing industry, used to create a wide range of parts for a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, and medical.

Shaft Turning Applications

Stainless steel is used in a variety of applications due to its corrosion resistance, strength, and durability. Stainless steel machining refers to the process of cutting, shaping, and finishing stainless steel materials through the use of specialized tools and equipment. Some common applications of stainless steel machining include:

Aerospace Components

Shafts turned on a lathe can be used in the production of aerospace components: landing gear, turbine engines, and flight control systems.

Food Processing Equipment

Shafts turned on a lathe can be used in the production of food processing equipment, such as mixers, grinders, and conveyor systems.

Recreational Equipment

Shafts turned on a lathe can be used in the production of recreational equipment, such as snowmobiles, ATVs, and motorcycles.

Machining Parts to a Specified Diameter

Shafts can be turned on a lathe to achieve precise diameters for use in applications such as bearings, spindles, and gears.

Medical Devices

Shafts turned on a lathe can be used in the production of medical devices: prosthetics, surgical instruments, and implantable devices.

Marine Equipment

Shafts turned on a lathe can be used in the production of marine equipment, such as propellers, rudders, and steering systems.

Producing Threads

A lathe can be used to cut threads onto a shaft, which can be used to fasten parts together or transmit rotational force.

Forming Profiles

A lathe can be used to create complex shapes and profiles on a shaft, such as splines or contours, utilizing the precise cutting capabilities of a lathe