CNC Machining

CNC Machining is a process in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.
CNC Machining With Qimtek

What Is CNC Machining?

CNC machining services use a subtractive manufacturing method. This means that material gets removed during the production process. The CNC machining process can produces parts directly from a CAD file. This high level of automation makes the process suitable for a one-off part to high volume production from a wide range of materials including, metals, plastics, wood, glass, foam and composites.

Core CNC Machining Processes & Methods:

  • 3-Axis Machining:  Allows the tool to move in three linear axes relative to a fixed workpiece.
  • 5-Axis Machining: Adds two degrees of freedom to either a CNC milling or CNC turning machine. 
  • CNC Turning: The component is spun at high speed and a cutting tool shaves away material.
  • Gear Cutting: Gear shaping is normally used for cutting external and internal gears.
  • Sliding Head: Great for high volume, small parts made from steel or platic bar.
  • CNC Grinding:  Removing small amounts of materials via a high-speed abrasive wheel.
  • Electro Discharge: Creates a specific shape using electrical discharges (sparks).

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Drag and drop your PDF or CAD drawings below to start your CNC machining project.

Qimtek has a network of 250 UK-based subcontract manufacturers, some of whom specialise in various CNC machining processes. So, if you are looking for someone to speak to about your machined components, then we can put you in direct contact with quality machine shops today. How does it work?

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Start by simply uploading your drawings today and recieve direct contact from UK-based subcontract manufacturers with the specialist skills, knowledge, approvals and capacity to help.
Qimtek can post your project(s) to our Supplier Members with a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that will need to be signed before they access any of your drawings or contact details. You can either upload your own above or use the generic Qimtek form.
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Although it is widley known that Qimtek can help you to get quotes the same day, we suggest that to maximise your response you provide our Supplier Members up to five days to quote. If your project is more urgent than this please check the box below and we will be in touch.
We will endevour to get back to you within 2 hours to discuss and publish your project. (Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5:00pm).
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To help you to get the best possible response, prices and right type of suppliers in contact with you, please be as specific as you can. For example by letting the potential supplier know if there could be future work available might produce better quotes.
You can add up to 5 parts in this section. However, if you have more you can always upload a bill of materials file above or discuss this with your sourcing account manager when they contact you.
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We will be putting suppliers in contact with you directly so they can quote your project. Some suppliers may have questions so they can quote you correctly. Additionally, most suppliers usually like to follow up to see how they got on and all we ask is that you provide them with feedback, whether they have won the project or not. With this in mind what is the best method to reach you on (you can choose both)? 

"We initially joined the Qimtek membership in order to increase our existing customer base. 14 years later and Rotec have secured lots of initial orders via the membership, with many of these customers, going on to place additional orders directly".

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Rotec Engineering Ltd

Latest Machining Projects

Here are a few of the latest CNC machining projects. Click here to see a full list.

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Are you a UK-based machine shop and looking for new clients?

Become a Supplier Member today to start to receive live machining opportunities from the industry buyers who are placing live projects onto our platform, who are inviting you to contact them directly to discuss manufacturing options, pricing and lead times. Below are some of the latest CNC machining projects. Feel free to request the drawings and we will call you to show you around the system before having to commit to anything.