What Are the Difference between CNC Milling and Turning?

Last Updated on January 17, 2022 by Leizi

Both CNC milling and turning are part of CNC machining. We often apply them to substrate the metal or plastic material to obtain desired components with special sizes. In most cases, the clients just require CNC machining instead of CNC turning or CNC milling. There is still some difference between them. Thus, we need to choose the most suitable processing way according to the CAD files.

•CNC Milling

CNC Milling

•CNC Turning

CNC Turning

So, what are the exact difference between CNC Milling and Turning?

(1) Tools;
The tools of CNC milling are multi-pointing; CNC turning, single point.

(2) Movements;
CNC mill runs on a fixed workbench. Thus, the metal or plastic keeps still when the multi-pointing tools run around it. CNC turning applies a metal or plastic bar on the lathe. The bar will keep rotating regularly and the single point tool will substrate the extra material.

(3) Types of the Finished Components;
Through CNC milling, it will make components a flat surface. Normally, we often apply CNC turning to make cylindrical parts.

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Most of the metal and plastic of high workability is suitable for CNC milling and CNC turning. For example, Aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, carbon steel, POM, ABS, PEEK, PMMA. But too soft or hard materials are not suitable.

Ruitai is an experienced and fully-equipped CNC machining manufacturer. With more than 50 sets of CNC machines, we are fully confident to support your CNC milling and CNC turning projects.

If you’re interested in CNC milling and CNC turning, you can send us an e-mail to Ruitai:emily@szrtmj.com.