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CNC Turning

Creating prototypes from technical designs using a computer controlled lathe that cuts to ultra-fine specifications.

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Why is this skill important?

One very important method of producing the many precise and interactive parts of complex products like a smartphone, airplane or automobile is CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Turning.

The CNC turning machinist receives a blueprint; then programs a computer using accurate inspection tools to fit the blueprint specification.  They set up the CNC lathe on which material turns around an axis at high speed, and where cutting tools driven by computer software are moved to produce the expected part with the cutting or clamping tools most appropriate to the material being used.

The finished part is sent to the assembly line with every other part, and if everyone has done their job well, the final assembly will meet all expectations and the CNC turning machinist has played a pivotal role in this success.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Making things
  • Complex problems
  • Using computers
  • Using tools

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • The desired CNC programmes are prepared based on the blueprint.

  • Competitors will select the proper tools and independently mount, set-up and measure them.

  • The dimensions must exactly fit the blueprint specifications.

  • Next, Competitors will machine and measure the test project.

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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 748 Mateus Moriel Brazil
Silver 744 Zhimin Chen China
Bronze 737 GUMIN HEO Korea
Medallion for Excellence 734 Yuta Asazu Japan
Medallion for Excellence 732 Boris Satarov Russia
Medallion for Excellence 722 Jeerawat Sakunee Thailand
Medallion for Excellence 720 Marco Kern Austria
Medallion for Excellence 716 Patrick Meier Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 701 Min Li Rachel Ho Singapore
Medallion for Excellence 700 SHI-BIN CHEN Chinese Taipei
692 Sergio Andres Suescun Sanabria Colombia
691 Lukas Bosslet Germany
690 René Kling Hansen Denmark
688 Jonathan Adair Canada
683 Renier Wepener South Africa
681 Tobias Alm Norway
679 Nam Pham Sweden
671 YURY KASACH Belarus

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.