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Considerations for High Production Swiss Machining

January 6, 2021

In Swiss machining, a workpiece is strategically mounted on CNC-controlled rotating slide. This slide sets the material at a close proximity to the cutting tool while simultaneously performing several functions via a multi-axis series of cutting tools.

This results in parts being carefully machined in such a way that they move concurrently with the cutting tool as multiple processes are performed at once, limiting the need for multiple steps across various machine tools. This method delivers accurate performance, quicker turnaround times, tight tolerances, and cost-competitiveness for high-volume orders.

Benefits of High Production Swiss Machining

A growing number of industries are seeing the benefits of Swiss machining, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Architectural
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Engines/motorcycles
  • Firearms
  • Industrial equipment (machine components, valves, connectors)
  • Marine and recreation
  • Medical
  • Metrology
  • Oil and gas hydraulics
  • Turf care

Swiss machining is gaining ground for the multitude of benefits it provides, such as:

Cost Savings

Swiss machining mitigates the need for many secondary operations. Its dynamic functionalities positively impact operational costs and production yield, and material waste associated with batching process is also minimized since Swiss machining runs with negligible deflections. Furthermore, the machining processes work continuously without human intervention, dramatically reducing labor costs.


Swiss machining is bringing about a shift in the forming of complex, critical small parts. It provides better operational controls for complex high-volume production processes in a shorter span of time, and without risking accuracy and attention to detail.

Smaller Footprint

Swiss machining equipment is compact in design, with tools configured closely to facilitate shorter setup times. Since machines are equipped with several different tools in a singular set-up, tool utilization is easily planned to optimize material’s retention time from one tool to the other. These exceptional capabilities not only provide manufacturers with seamless high-volume machining capability, but also offer a substantial production time reduction.

Considerations for High Production Swiss Machining

Swiss machining caters to myriad designs and dimensions, making it ideal in applications where products are developed based on dimensionally-accurate CAD models. There are insights for designers to consider when CAD prototyping to make Swiss machining work to their full advantage.

Tool Geometry

Design engineers must understand design constraints, such as tool geometry and tool access. Tool geometry is crucial, as it dictates how the part will be machined, considering typical features such as holes, walls, and cavities.

Time Constraints

Machining time is the main cost determinant in any Swiss machining operation. It is therefore important to maximize machine setup time and plan tool orientations to achieve desired output without facing the challenge of re-calibrating the machine and realigning it manually. One must also consider the machine’s positional accuracy in reducing machining time and operational cost.


Design specifications should be accommodated to streamline machine setup process and eliminate the need for any special tooling.

Vendor Capabilities

Aside from designers, prospective buyers must also be cognizant of the various factors involved when selecting the best Swiss machining service provider. It’s important to choose a vendor who can offer the best machining solutions and services for their specific requirements. Consider the service provider’s capacity to offer both in-house and outsourcing support. Since the majority of Swiss screw machines are run by CNC automation, providers must demonstrate expertise in fabrication through computer-model designs and prototypes, offer design assistance, and provide supplemental services that assist the customer in choosing the best material and the proper manufacturing technique fit to the application requirements.

Swiss Machining with FZE Manufacturing

FZE Manufacturing offers advanced Swiss machining solutions, on time and on budget. As pioneers in the Swiss machining sector, we offer substantial expertise in the machining process and all related design capabilities. Our CNC Swiss machining equipment offers drilling, boring, turning, milling, and myriad other capabilities to support your project.

To learn more about our Swiss machining capabilities or our comprehensive range of other machining and fabrication services, please contact us.