CNC machining materials

CNC Machining in PVC

Plastics are another common material used in CNC turning because they are available in many different options, are relatively inexpensive, and have faster machining times. Commonly used plastics include ABS, acrylic, polycarbonate and nylon.

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Description

PVC is a widely used thermoplastic material known for its durability, chemical resistance, and low cost. It is versatile and offers good mechanical properties.




Pipes and fittings for plumbing systems
Electrical cable insulation
Window frames and profiles
Healthcare equipment components (e.g., IV bags, blood bags)


Chemical resistance
Good electrical insulation properties
Low maintenance


Limited heat resistance
Not suitable for high-load applications




Lead Time

< 2 days

Wall Thickness



±0.5% with a lower limit of ±0.5 mm (±0.020″)

Max part size

50 x 50 x 50 cm

Layer height

200 - 100 microns

Popular science information about PVC

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PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is a widely used thermoplastic polymer that is derived from vinyl chloride monomers. It is known for its versatility, durability, and low cost, making it one of the most commonly used plastics in the world. PVC is commonly used in construction, electrical insulation, packaging, and healthcare products.

PVC is a rigid plastic that can be easily molded into various shapes and sizes. It has excellent chemical resistance, which makes it suitable for applications where it may come into contact with corrosive substances. PVC is also resistant to UV radiation, making it suitable for outdoor applications.

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PVC is available in different grades, with each grade having specific properties and characteristics. For example, rigid PVC is used for pipes, fittings, and profiles, while flexible PVC is used for hoses, cables, and inflatable products. PVC can also be blended with other materials to enhance its properties, such as adding plasticizers to make it more flexible or adding flame retardants to make it fire-resistant.

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