Advantages of 5-axis CNC machining
Using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, manufacturers can easily accomplish 3D cutting tasks. This vital manufacturing process saves time, increases accuracy, increases worker safety and increases yield. Depending on the type of materials used and the complexity of the project, manufacturers may use multi-axis CNC machines. 3-axis or 4-axis machines are not uncommon. While these machines offers high precision for complex projects, there are better options. 5-axis machining is capable of machining complex parts, making it ideal for applications such as aerospace, medical, and more.
About 5-axis machining
A 5-axis CNC machine moves linearly along the XYZ axes, while rotating along two of those axes. Using multiple configurations, the 5-axis machine can quickly produce parts with complex designs without additional setup. This allows manufacturers to increase yields while eliminating the chance for errors caused by multiple setups.
5-axis machines use higher cutting speeds, greatly reducing the time it takes to complete machining projects. Since these machines use shorter knives, the knives are less loaded. This increases tool life and reduces the chance of breakage. Shorter tools reduce vibration, improve the quality of surface finishing and eliminate the need for hand finishing on most projects.
Using a 5-axis machine, manufacturers can complete prototypes and low-volume production in less time and at a fraction of the cost. Work that used to take months can be done in weeks, allowing new products to reach customers faster than before at a much lower price.
When using a 3-axis machine, the manufacturer must use a different setting for each hole. This takes a lot of time and increases the chance of errors with each new setup. With a 5-axis machine, manufacturers can simply orient the head automatically along the correct axis, reducing the time and effort spent drilling.
Rapidly produce complex parts and products
Five-axis machining machines used to manufacture extremely complex parts and products for the medical and aerospace industries will allow our teams to develop prototypes and products faster and more accurately. Our 5-axis machines can machine complex surfaces, shapes and angles in one setup. This minimizes handling, reduces production time, and ensures consistent quality, even with large or repeat orders.
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