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Demystifying CNC Turning Tool Specifications: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Machinist

As a machinist or a manufacturing enthusiast, understanding the specifications of CNC turning tools plays a crucial role in ensuring both precision and quality in your work. If you are a beginner or an experienced professional looking to enhance your knowledge in this area, this comprehensive guide is perfect for helping you delve into the intriguing world of CNC turning tool specifications.

What are CNC Turning Tools?

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) turning tools are devices used to shape various materials, such as metal, wood, and plastic, on a CNC lathe. The lathe rotates the workpiece while the CNC turning tool, with a predetermined specification, is fed into the material to create a desired shape.

Why are CNC Turning Tool Specifications Essential?

Different turning tools are built to perform diverse cutting operations based on the material, workpiece, and desired outcome. Without the proper specifications, the tool might not be compatible with the particular task at hand, leading to poorly executed jobs or damaged equipment. By understanding the purpose and features of each specification, machinists can optimize their operations for efficiency and accuracy.

CNC Turning Tool Specifications

Let's explore various specifications and their significance in turning operations:

1. Tool Type

There are different types of CNC turning tools available, each designed to perform specific cutting operations. Some of the most commonly used tools include:

Roughing Tool: Removes material quickly to create an initial, coarse shape

Finishing Tool: Used for final cutting to achieve a smooth, precise surface

Grooving Tool: Cuts grooves and recesses into the workpiece

Threading Tool: Forms threads on cylindrical surfaces

Boring Tool: Enlarges pre-existing holes or creates new ones

It's important to select the appropriate tool type based on the task to achieve the best results.

2. Tool Material

CNC turning tools are manufactured using various materials, which affect their strength, wear resistance, and performance. Commonly used materials include:

High-speed steel (HSS): Excellent toughness and resistance to high temperatures but wears out faster compared to other materials

Carbide: Combining high hardness, wear resistance, and high-temperature resistance, carbide is suitable for rapid material removal and accurate results

Ceramic: Capable of withstanding extreme heat and cutting speeds, ceramic tools are ideal for tough materials but are vulnerable to chipping

Polycrystalline diamond (PCD): Exceptional for high-volume production, PCD tools provide impressive wear resistance and durability

Matching the right tool material to the workpiece is essential to ensure a long-lasting turning tool and accurate output.

3. Tool Geometry

Each turning tool features a unique geometry that determines its cutting performance and stability. Important aspects of tool geometry include:

Rake Angle: Dictates the force distribution and cutting temperature, affecting the overall quality of the cut

Clearance Angle: Ensures that the tool's trailing edge does not rub against the workpiece, thus minimizing wear and friction

Tool Nose Radius: Affects surface finish quality, tool strength, and longevity

Understanding tool geometry helps you optimize the cutting process based on specific job requirements.

4. Toolholder System

The toolholder ensures secure and accurate positioning of the turning tool. Various toolholding systems, such as quick-change, turret, or VDI systems, cater to specific lathe types or operations. A suitable toolholding system minimizes downtime, contributes to proper alignment, and improves productivity.

5. Inserts

A CNC turning tool often utilizes replaceable inserts, which can be swapped out when worn or to accommodate various materials or geometries. Inserts are available in different shapes, materials, and coatings, with each combination catering to specific applications.

Tips for Selecting the Right CNC Turning Tool Specifications

Evaluate the material of the workpiece and the desired operation to determine the appropriate turning tool

Choose the insert geometry based on the target surface finish and the required cutting force

Opt for a high-quality insert material and coating combination to enhance tool life and performance

Ensure proper alignment and compatibility between the tool and toolholder

Regularly maintain and inspect your turning tools for wear and damage

Through proper diligence, machinists can identify the right turning tool specifications to optimize their operations and output quality. With practice and continual learning, this knowledge will become second nature, allowing you to be confident in executing complex projects with ease.

Remember that every workshop and machining requirement is unique. Be open to experimenting with various turning tool specifications and configurations to discover the best results for your specific jobs. After all, a skilled machinist is one who never stops learning.

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What is CNC Turning

CNC turning is a process that involves using computer numerical control (CNC) machines to shape and finish various materials, such as metals and plastics, into desired shapes and sizes.
This process is typically used in the manufacturing industry to produce precision parts and components for a wide range of applications, including automotive, automation, aerospace, medical, machinery, and industrial.

CNC Turning service

Asianstar Professional CNC Turning Service

Asianstar CNC turning Service offers precision machining for a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, and composites. With high level facilities and skillful operators, we can produce high-quality parts with tight tolerances and intricate designs.

Our CNC turning capabilities allow us to produce parts with diameters ranging from 0.5 mm to 480mm and lengths up to 450mm. We offer both single and multi-axis turning, as well as live tooling options for added complexity and accuracy.

We use proven processes and quality control measures to ensure that every part we produce meets our clients' specifications and expectations.

Whether you need a single prototype or high-volume production runs, our CNC turning service can provide the precision and reliability you need to get your project completed on time and on budget.

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Components Sizes of Asianstar CNC Turning Service

Unit (mm) Min Max
Out Diameter 0.5 480
Inner Diameter (Hole) 0.3 465
Length 1.0 450
Groove Diameter 0.4 above
Thread M1.2 above

Components Tolerance of Asianstar CNC Turning Service

Unit (mm) Tolerance according to sizes
Height Tolerance Diameter Size 0.5 to 3 3 to 6 6 to 30 30 to 120 120 to300 300 to480
Tolerance ±0.003 ±0.010 ±0.020 ±0.030 ±0.035 ±0.040
Length Tolerance Length Size 0.5 to 3 3 to 6 6 to 10 10 to 20 20 to 30 30 above
Tolerance ±0.010 ±0.020 ±0.250 ±0.250 ±0.030 ±0.035

Components shape and position tolerance of Asianstar CNC Turning Service

Tolerance Class followed Tolerance (mm)
Straightness and Flatness Verticality Symmetry
10 10 to 30 30 to 100 100 to 300 300 to 1000 1000 to 3000 to 100 100 to 300 300 to 1000 1000 to 3000 to 100 100 to 300 300 to 1000 1000 to 3000
H ±0.015 ±0.02 ±0.03 ±0.05 ±0.10 ±0.15 ±0.02 ±0.025 ±0.03 ±0.035 ±0.02 ±0.03 ±0.04 ±0.05

Capability of Asianstar CNC Turning Service

Type of Turning Machine Diameter Size (mm) Length Size (mm) Productivity (PCS/Month)
Auto Turning Machine Simple Turning Machine Multi Turning Machine Pin Turning Machine Min 0.5 Max 480 Min 1.0 Max 450 200’000/Item


Multiple Machining Processes

Multiple Machining Processes

Asianstar has various machining processes to support different types of components from client, we can choose the best suitable manufacturing solution to carry result in perfect performance and cheap cost

Flexible Custom Service

Flexible Custom Service

With skillful machining technologies, Asianstar is flexible to support clients on different materials and different structures of the components, we also flexible on the components quantities and even assembly

Create Designing for Clients

Create Designing for Clients

Not only producing according to clients drawings, Asianstar also propose the better designing to clients, supporting clients to buildup improved designing or even new generation components

Standard Procedures

Standard Procedures

Asianstar production, as experienced by many years, is strictly following internal Standard Operating Procedures, to make sure the production schedule is smooth and plans are well carried out well without accidents

Standard Procedures

Standard Procedures

Asianstar strictly controlling product quality by system. We start QC controlling from production plan once setting up, to production process by monitoring QC checking and until the final Inspection before packing

Fast Lead-Time Delivery

Fast Lead-Time Delivery

Asianstar strictly control the production processes, teams keep the plan moving ahead according to the procedures, we have internal time management schedule which mostly bring earlier lead-time of delivery

Asianstar: Professional CNC Machining Supplier

From year of 2005, Asianstar Company establish the CNC Machining Factory in Guangdong Province, China.
We mostly provide CNC Turning, Milling, Drilling, Grinding, and Multi Machining processes service on various materials.
With the Belief of becoming a key supplier in the supply-chain of Precision Components, we strictly control our product quality, keep high precision on our components production, buildup the whole-process QC System and submit the satisfaction for every order.
By long term development, we have buildup partnership with world-wide clients, supporting our partners in Designing, Optimizing, Producing and Testing on each type of components.


CNC Turning Service

CNC Turning Service

Our CNC Turning Service provides different sizes of roll shape work-pieces, the diameter range is from 0.5mm to 480mm, reaching tolerance +/-0.003mm.

CNC Milling Service

CNC Milling Service

Our milling machines and CNC centers are able to produce complicated structure part, five-axis devices produce multi-sides at one-time jag which bring high precision result

Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet Metal Fabrication

Our Sheet Metal Fabrication provides slicing, punching, bending, welding, painting and assembling for set products, unique tooling for each project to raise production efficiency

Aluminum Extrusion

Aluminum Extrusion

Our Aluminum Extrusion brings clients various shapes of aluminum parts, high efficiency for mass quantity, our precision extrusion mold control tolerance within 0.01mm

Forging Service

Forging Service

For some steel serious products, we apply Forging Service to make out their outer shape and them use CNC devices to start drilling, forming, rolling, cutting, etc.

Finishing Service

Finishing Service

Our Surface Finishing Service uses chemical or electro post-treatments after machining tasks are finished, normally includes Oxide, Anodizing, Passivation, E-Plating, Painting,etc.


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