When complex or intricate multi-sided parts are needed, 5-axis machining can make a difference in the manufacturing process. This holds true for all types of industries in the manufacturing sector, including: medical, pharmaceutical, energy, aerospace, food processing, government, electronics, packaging, general manufacturing, and more. 5-axis machining is used for parts that require precise rotational machining, such as turbines and impellers, where contoured surfaces can be transitioned easier to produce parts of the highest quality; a quality level that can’t be reached with 3-axis machining.
Here are some of the differences between 3-axis machining versus 5-axis machining: a traditional 3-axis machining system may require multiple setups and additional preparation for complex parts. The 3-axis machining system moves across the X, Y and Z axes and only offers lateral and vertical movement; however, 5-axis machining adds rotation on the A and B axes, while providing movement across the X, Y and Z axes. This allows a piece to be machined from all different angles in a single setup. Other differences between 5-axis machining versus 3-axis machining include:
• 5-axis machining systems machine complex shapes faster.
• The end products boast a higher degree of accuracy.
• Ability to access hard-to-reach places much more easily.
• Leads to shorter production time and quick turnaround.
• Feature a high-capacity table that rotates faster and can easily handle heavier parts.
• Creates smoother, higher quality surface finishes.
With that brief review in mind, we are pleased to announce the latest addition to our 5-axis machining family! The INTEGREX i-400 is an advanced multitasking machine from Mazak, delivering maximum versatility, high precision, and the wherewithal for medium to large complex parts. With a high-powered turning center, and full-functioning machining center, this system can produce parts in a single setup. Think about the benefits of minimizing fixtures, tools, handling, and non-cut time! With the dramatic reduction in lead-time and improved part accuracy, this purchase is a no-brainer.