Swiss Precision

Swiss Precision

Are you in search of a reliable, precise solution when it comes to your machining needs? Look no further than McCormick Industries and our CNC Swiss Turning services. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry and the help of our state-of-the-art equipment, we can offer top-notch CNC precision turning solutions.

Our experienced team has an eye for detail and understands what must be done to always provide our clients with perfect parts. Whatever your requirements, trust us to get them taken care of!

What You Need to Know About CNC Swiss Turning 

CNC Swiss turning is a specialized machining process that creates slender, complex parts from bar stock.  One of the main differences between a Swiss lathe and a conventional CNC lathe is that the headstock is fixed on a conventional lathe and on a Swiss lathe, the headstock slides back and forth in the Z-direction along with the bar. The stock is fed through a guide bushing and collet so the OD turning tool can always cut the stock near the bushing, where there is more support.  This allows the machines to provide tighter tolerances.

In addition, CNC Swiss turning machines utilize double spindles so the workpiece can be transferred automatically to the next operation without operator oversight.  The main spindle works on the next part while the sub spindle finishes up the features of the current part.  This saves time and allows for more unattended running.

Benefits of CNC Swiss Turning Services

CNC Swiss turning services provide a range of benefits that make them an advantageous option for many businesses. Here are just some of the advantages

  1. Precision: CNC Swiss turning provides unparalleled accuracy and repeatability, working to much tighter tolerances than other machining processes. This is especially important in industries where precision is critical, such as medical device manufacturing or aerospace engineering. 
  2. Efficiency: CNC Swiss turn machines can simultaneously perform multiple operations on small parts, allowing you to produce high-quality products quickly and cost-effectively. This makes it ideal for mass production purposes as well as  smaller runs. 
  3. Versatility: CNC Swiss turning can create complex components with intricate details, such as internal and external threads, contours, slots, grooves, and more. The wide range of available tools allows for producing complex parts in a single setup. 
  4. Cost savings: Swiss lathes can perform multiple operations in a single setup.  This reduces cycle time and increases productivity for more cost savings.

Applications for Swiss turning services

Swiss turning services are highly sought-after due to their accuracy and precision. This type of service is used for producing high-precision parts and components that require tight tolerances, intricate details, and complex shapes. 

The process most commonly used in producing:

With a CNC Swiss turning machine  you can produce  multiple pieces with perfect repeatability every time.

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Swiss CNC Turning Capabilities

Machining Processes

Lights-Out Machining
Multi-process Machining


Hard Turning
OD/ID Threading

Thread Milling
Thread Rolling
Thread Whirling

CNC Swiss Turning Centers

Cincom L32 XII

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 32mm (1.25″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 8,000 RPM
  • 9 axes of motion
  • B-axis allows drilling of angled holes/features

Cincom D25 VIII

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 25mm (1.00″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 10,000 RPM
  • 12 axes of motion
  • Opposing gang posts allow simultaneous rough and finish
  • B-axis allows drilling of angled holes/machined features

Cincom L20 X

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 20mm (.79″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 10,000 RPM
  • 8 axes of motion

Cincom L20 VIII

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 20mm (.787″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 10,000 RPM
  • 7 axes of motion

Cincom L12 X

  • Max Machining Dia: 16mm (.625”)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 15,000 RPM
  • 8 axes of motion
  • Low Frequency Vibration Technology

Cincom A32 VII

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 32mm (1.25″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 8,000 RPM
  • 7 axes of motion



Cincom L20 XII

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 20mm (.787″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 10,000 RPM
  • 9 axes of motion
  • B-axis allows drilling of angled holes/machined features



Cincom L20 IX

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 20mm (.787″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 10,000 RPM
  • 7 axes of motion

Cincom K16 VII

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 16mm (.625″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 15,000 RPM
  • 7 axes of motion

Cincom R07 VI

  • Max Machining Dia.: ∅ 7mm (.275″)
  • Max Spindle Speed: 16,000 RPM
  • 8 axes of motion
  • Opposing gang posts allow simultaneous rough and finish
Additional Equipment Capabilities
  • Up to 8 axis Machinery Axis
  • Up to 9 axis
  • 4 axis contouring
  • 2000 psi high pressure coolant
  • Live tooling up to 7500 RPM
  • Simultaneous axis control facilitating pinch milling, turning, and ID/OD threading
  • Up to 39 tools for high complexity work pieces

Ultra Precision: ±.0001″
Diameter: ±.0001″

Length: ±.0001″
Roundness: ±.00008″

Swiss CNC Materials (Metals)

Carbon Steel

Stainless Steel
Tool Steel
Exotic Alloys

Secondary Services Offered

Light Mechanical Assembly
Vibratory finishing

Production Volume

Low Volume
High Volume

Lead Times Available

Quoted on job by job basis
Emergency services available

Additional Information on Our Swiss Machine Shop

Industry Focus


Industry Standards

ISO 9001:2015 Compliant
RoHS Compliant
Conflict Free Minerals

File Format

Auto CAD
DWG Drawings

Solid Works

Industries Served by Swiss CNC Machining

Swiss turning is an ideal option when components must meet exacting tolerances for straightness or concentricity. Such requirements are common in industries such as medicine or military operations, where any deviations in a component’s size could put human lives at risk. These needs are also found in industries that work with small or delicate electrical components.

McCormick Industries has a great deal of experience serving a broad range of industries. Here are some of the sectors we most commonly work with:

Industrial Swiss CNC Machining

Industrial components are a special kind of CNC challenge, requiring tight tolerances on small components. Before Swiss turning, the set-up for such orders was labor-intensive and error-prone. However, with the precise multi-axis motions of a Swiss-style turning machine, we are able to navigate these challenging projects with ease.

Our production case study serves as an excellent example of our capabilities in this area. We served as the primary contractor for the product, which was a 0.472 inch long, 0.118 inch in diameter dowel pin custom-manufactured for a product used in the electromechanical industry.

We determined that Swiss turning would be the best tool for primary processing, and we chose a machine with high-pressure cooling capabilities to remove chips and maintain a sharp edge on the cutting tools.  Leveraging this technology, we were able to exceed typical processing speeds while still producing a reliable, high-quality product.

Welding Components

Welding components often have similarly rigorous design constraints. One of our longstanding customers in the welding sector trusted us with the manufacture of a gas lens for use in TIG welding. Lenses of this type must conform to very specific measurements because they regulate gas flow for the welding machine. This particular design also called for complicated design features, including cross holes and stamped markings.

To create this component, we programmed a Swiss machining center to drill, mill, and stamp the workpiece, using the machine’s high-pressure cooling system to enable more efficient processing. We also took advantage of the Swiss-style center’s multi-tool, multi-axis capabilities to combine multiple machining steps into each pass.

Medical Swiss CNC Machining

Surgical instruments must be manufactured to perfection. Even the most minor aberration in the surface finish of a medical device can harbor bacteria, potentially resulting in serious infections. This was the challenge for one of our medical projects, a surgical mallet staff with complicated design features like flanges, fillets, and grooves.

We used a high-performance grade of stainless steel for the project, which we machined using Swiss-style turning centers to achieve the precise tolerances demanded by our medical clients. Using these CNC techniques, we managed tolerances of ±0.002 inches for the diameter. Once formed, we performed all sanding and polishing necessary to achieve a completely smooth surface free of dangerous nicks or abrasions.

Aerospace and Defense Swiss CNC Machining

Our customers in the aerospace and defense industries are known for demanding absolute precision and consistency. In this instance, a supplier we’d worked with before returned to us to craft a complicated military trunnion. The design called for close tolerances with complex geometric and surface features. We determined that Swiss turning would allow us to fulfill these requirements while keeping the turnaround time and budget requirements under control.

Using our Cincom K 16E center, which offers a large and flexible tool capacity, we achieved ±0.0001 inch tolerances, verified by on-machine vision inspection followed by caliper and micrometer measurements. We were able to maximize speed, accuracy, and repeatability using Swiss machining to keep costs down.

Advantages of Swiss Machining

CNC machining on its own is a powerful tool, but Swiss machining improves performance on many of the key metrics that our clients care about. The benefits of Swiss machining include:

  • Cost savings. A typical Swiss-style center can complete both milling and turning in a single setup, incorporating multiple tools and axes of motion. This minimizes labor costs as the machines require little intervention once set.
  • Precision. Swiss machining offers maximum precision with dimensional tolerances as low as ±0.0001 inches. This is a key benefit for industries that demand accuracy and repeatability above all else.
  • Speed. A Swiss center performs multiple operations in a single setup, which drastically reduces cycle times and increases production volume. Also, since Swiss centers can operate lights-out, we are able to produce components near-continuously, further reducing lead time.

Swiss CNC Machining Services From McCormick Industries

Swiss machining combines turning and milling processes into a single precision process well-suited to fabricating industrial, aerospace, defense, and medical components. At McCormick Industries, we are experts in this type of high-tech manufacturing and are uniquely prepared to handle the small, intricate components that our clients require.

To learn more about our advanced capabilities and competitive pricing, contact McCormick Industries today.