Why choose CNC?

If 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing technologies cannot deliver the tolerance and material properties you require, then parts can be manufactured by CNC machining. This process offers very high levels of accuracy and precision, making it a suitable process for parts with even the most finite geometry.

CNC machining is available as both a post-processing option and standalone production service. The automated nature of the process combined with LPE’s considerable machine capacity, means small-medium production batches can be machined with quick throughput, short lead times, and perfect repeatability.

With HSM (High Speed Machining) also available, enabling an ultra-smooth cut, LPE’s CNC service is ideal for particularly intricate parts.

CNC is available for all plastic and metal materials (including nylon and titanium).

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Technical specifications

Standard lead time:1-3 weeks. If your project is urgent, please let a member of sales team know so that we can investigate if anything can be done to improve the lead time.
Max part size:1,000 x 600 x 600mm (3-axis) 600 x 600 x 600mm (5-axis)
Machines:Machines available at LPE include Hurco 5 axis and Hurco 3 axis CNC machine

LPE does not currently offer turned parts/lathe in-house.


At LPE we tailor our CNC machining service to each client’s individual project, with material sourced to customer specifications.

Some of our most popular CNC materials include:

  • Aluminium
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Peek
  • Delrin
  • POM
  • PMMA
  • PC

LPE are happy to work with our customers to identify the best CNC material for their project. For further information on this, please contact a member of our sales team.

Finishing Options

CNC machines are very capable of manufacturing high levels of production due to the automated processes involved.

  • As-Machined

    Components produced using the CNC process are left with visible tool marks.

  • Polished

    Acrylic/Polycarbonate parts can be polished as clear as possible.

  • Bead Blasted – For Metal Parts

    This will hide most of tool marks and leaves like a brushed aluminium finish.

  • Annodising

    Parts can be anodised black or clear, a limited range of colours are also available. Parts will be delivered with machining marks still visible unless specifically requested to be removed but we are restricted to the amount of finishing we do before anodising.

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CNC is suitable for low volume production and one- off prototypes for a variety of industries.

Application The creation of Master Patterns

Application Final Production Parts

Application Complex Aerospace Components

Application Jigs, Fixtures & Fittings

Application Models for Impact Testing

Application Scientific Instrumentation

Why LPE?

Our in-house facilities consist of multiple 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines which gives us the capacity to ensure that customer orders are available as fast as possible to meet even the tightest lead times.

At LPE we tailor our CNC machining service to each client’s individual project, with material sourced to customer specifications. This means our customers are not restricted with regards to the materials that they can use for their CNC projects.

LPE are an ISO 9001 & 13485 approved supplier, with over 30 years of industry experience. If requested we can provide first article inspection reports, certificates of compliance and will work with you to ensure any quality requirements in relation to your production requirements are met.  We are a supplier of production parts to both large and small organisations across the UK & Ireland. LPE has the capabilities to meet all your requirements for both prototyping and low volume production.

Customer service lies at the heart of everything we do at LPE, from tailored quotes to a personalised service. If you feel you could benefit from chatting directly to an expert about your project, contact us now.

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How does CNC work?

The CNC process is a subtractive manufacturing process.  The process starts with 3D CAD data which is converted into a machine readable format. CAM software then exports this into a CNC machine program. The program acts as instructions for the machine. A metal or plastic block is placed inside the CNC machine and the machine then uses the instructions provided to it to mill out parts from the block of raw material.

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