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What to know about 5 Axis Machining

What is 5 axis machining and what are the benefits to utilizing its abilities? Let’s outline some basic information about CNC machining with a 5 axis capability. 5 axis machining means that the CNC machine is able to fully rotate around an item as it is being manufactured, granting better access from all directions. To do this they use 5 axes at the same time. The X and Y axis move in two directions while the Z axis tool is able to move up and down, then there are two extra (A and B) rotational axes that allow the cutting tool to access the part being tooled from all sides. While that all sounds very complicated and almost impossible, the process is programmed and undertaken by skilled and trained technicians. The computers that run these 5 axis machining systems are easily programmed and are built with the ability that they can be upgraded as new technologies and operating systems become available. New technicians and operators are quickly trained on these machines and are able to run them without complication.

This 5 axis machining is a fantastic way to speed up production runs, as well as producing better quality and higher accuracy items within those runs. It makes the process more cost effective and significantly reduces the time it takes, as compared to a 3 axis machine. Time is money and when it is made possible to produce more items in less time, it just makes sense that more work can be undertaken, increasing profits. The cost to produce each item will decrease as well and less overhead directly translates to more profitability per item. Many manufacturers would choose to pass that lower cost onto their customers, thus being able to offer competitive pricing that will lead to higher numbers of satisfied repeat customers. Happy customers will open new opportunities for a company through new types of jobs and the word of mouth effect. The more they talk about their amazing service, the more they are providing free, positive advertising and that is an invaluable asset to any company.

5 axis machining is the future of CNC machining.  Companies that wish to stay relevant and competitive in the CNC machine milling industry would be smart to invest in the latest and most beneficial technologies.  While many jobs are able to be completed on a lower axis machine, there are many that require being done with a 5 axis. All of these jobs would benefit from 5 axis machining, as it improves the quality of all items rendered. Switching to 5 axis machining produces a snowball effect of positive change that will reassert a company in the machining industry. Companies that offer only slower, less capable machines will quickly be left behind in today’s technology seeking market. utilizes top of the line 5 axis technology to provide the highest quality and perfection in every job. Their goal is to continue to be a driving force in the CNC machining milling industry that challenges all others.