Swiss CNC Machining

Computer numerical control (CNC) equipment uses programmable computer commands to create precise and intricate parts using machining methods like milling, turning, and routing. Although Swiss CNC machines are prevalent in the metalworking industry, today’s top composite manufacturers have turned to this equipment for its many benefits over conventional processes like injection molding.

The ability to perform multiple operations in one pass and achieve tight tolerances are a few examples of why Swiss CNC machines continue to emerge in the thermoplastics industry.

Atlas Fibre uses state-of-the-art Swiss CNC machines and other advanced equipment to shape and form parts. Our experts have decades of combined experience choosing the most practical production methods to help increase quality while maintaining operational efficiency.

What Is a Swiss CNC Machine?

Swiss CNC machines — also known as Swiss lathes or Swiss CNC screw machines — are advanced pieces of computer-driven equipment that use subtractive manufacturing to produce complex parts and small pieces accurately and efficiently. Swiss CNC machines work by automatically feeding the workpiece through a guide bushing, keeping it stable while allowing various tools to perform multiple tasks.

Unlike traditional lathes that can typically complete one operation at a time, the multi-axis functionality of Swiss CNC machines can handle several operations simultaneously in different zones. Initially designed for the watch-making industry in Switzerland, Swiss CNC machines have exploded in popularity in applications requiring precision manufacturing.

Benefits of Using Swiss CNC Machines for Manufacturing

CNC is a practical solution for many materials, including phenolic resin and glass thermosets. Manufacturers choose a specific process based on the required specifications and the intended use of the finished part. Depending on the design requirements, the production process can include drilling, milling, turning, threading, tapping, reaming, and knurling.

Several benefits of using a Swiss CNC machine to produce thermoset components include:

  • Improved accuracy: Swiss CNC machining offers higher precision with tighter tolerances over conventional plastic manufacturing. More importantly, CNC equipment delivers unparalleled repeatability for large-volume runs and small components.
  • Enhanced surface finishes: While many injection molding processes require additional processes for finishing, Swiss CNC machines can perform multiple tasks in one pass to remove rough edges and create a smooth surface finish.
  • Increased cost savings: Besides operating at faster speeds with minimal setup times, Swiss CNC machines for thermoset applications achieve additional cost savings by eliminating the need for expensive dies and molds. These benefits also offer improved lead times over manufacturing processes needing specialized tooling.
  • Modification capabilities: Swiss CNC machines can accommodate existing components requiring design modification or reworks, while injection molding modifications are complex and challenging.

Discover More With Atlas Fibre

If you want to learn more about how our Swiss CNC machining capabilities can benefit your unique application, the experts at Atlas Fibre can help. We offer a comprehensive range of precision fabrication solutions that help maximize production accuracy, aesthetics, and cost efficiency.  Contact us online today for a quote or to request additional information.