CNC Machining: Maximum Extents

Find the maximum extents of plastic and metal materials available for CNC milled and turned parts.

Our CNC machining service provides the ability to easily add threaded features to milled and turned parts. Threads are specified within our automated interactive quotes. When a quote is returned, the 3D display will show which thread types are possible for each feature. Different threads (where possible) or no threads can be selected on a feature-by-feature basis. View a demo quote to explore a 3D model with threads. For those having trouble with the interactive display, a 3D PDF is included in the demo quote that shows the thread options available.

After an order is placed, an order confirmation will be emailed with the thread sizes selected. Please review the order confirmation for accuracy. We offer a limited selection of UNF, UNC, and coil and key inserts (but do not supply or install the inserts). See the table below for all of our available selections.

Milled vs. Turned Parts
Threaded holes on milled parts must be modeled at the proper diameter and oriented along one of the three primary axes. Automatic external threads are not available for milled parts at this time. Keep in mind that it is possible (but not recommended) to obtain external threads on milled parts, but in this case, the threads must be modeled. External threads are machined using our standard ball and flat end mills. The smallest external thread that produces reasonable results in our CNC milling process is roughly 1/2-13 (M12). Threaded holes on turned parts must be modeled at the proper diameter and oriented axially or radially. External threads are available on the axial diameters of turned parts. Simply model the nominal diameter—do not model the threads.

Please Note:

  • We may thread a through hole or continuous outer diameter from either side of the part. If the depth of the hole or length of the outer diameter is deeper than our tools can reach, we will offer to thread both ends of the feature. It should be assumed these threads will not be continuous. See the Maximum Reach tab on the table below.
  • All threads will be right handed. Left handed threads, and diameter and pitches not shown in the table cannot be produced with our machining processes at this time.
  • We may be unable to thread features that are obstructed by other elements on a part or that are obstructed by our fixturing. If a feature cannot be threaded, no thread options will be offered for that feature on the quote.
  • Threaded features are not available for parts loaded in the .STL format.

Threading options differ for milled and turned parts, so make sure the right process is selected in the table below. If you have any issues or questions please contact an applications engineer at customerservice@protolabs.com or 877-479-3680.

Material Maximum Extents
ABS Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
ABS Flame Retardant Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Magnesium AZ31 Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
Aluminum 7075-T651 Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
Brass 260 Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Copper C101 Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
CPVC Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
HDPE Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
LDPE Max. Depth: 0.75 in. (19mm)
Low Carbon Steel CR 1018 Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (31.75mm)
Magnesium AZ31 Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PA Nylon 6 Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PA Nylon 6/6 Max. Depth: 0.75 in. (19mm)
PA Nylon 6/6 (30% GF) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Polycarbonate (Black) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Polycarbonate (Clear) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Polycarbonate (Translucent) Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
Polycarbonate (20% GF) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
PEEK Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
PEI Ultem 1000 Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PEI Ultem 2300 (30% glass-filled) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
PET Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PMMA (Acrylic) Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
POM Acetal Homopolymer (Delrin 150) Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
POM Acetal 20% Glass filled (Delrin 570) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
POM Acetal Copolymer Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
POM Acetal Static Dissipative (Tecaform SD) Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PP (Polypropylene Homopolymer) Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PP (Polypropylene Copolymer) Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
PPE/PS (Noryl 265) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
PPSU (Radel R 5500) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Polystyrene (PS) Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Polysulfone (PSU)  Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
PTFE (Teflon) Max. Depth: 2.75 in. (69.85mm)
PVC Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)
Stainless Steel 17-4 PH Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Stainless Steel 304/304L Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Stainless Steel 316/316L Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Steel Alloy 4140 Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
Titanium Ti 6-4 Max. Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45mm)
UHMW Max. Depth: 3.75 in. (95.25mm)

 

Material Maximum Extents
Aluminum 6061-T651 Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Aluminum 7075-T651 Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Brass C360 Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Low Carbon Steel CR 1018 Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Stainless Steel 17-4 PH Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Stainless Steel 304/304L Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Stainless Steel 316/316L Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Steel Alloy 4140 Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)
Titanium Ti 6-4 Max. Diameter: 2.95 in. (75mm)

 

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