Advantages Of 5-Axis Machining

- May 09, 2019-

Five-axis machining's advantages are significant.It greatly save time and money, among other things. 

A five-axis CNC machining center has three linear axes and two additional rotary axes which can take one of two basic forms. One style uses rotary tables and the other one incorporates the rotary axes into the machine’s headstock and spindle.

Five-axis machining first and possibly most important, is the ability to process complex shapes in a single step, which saves time, cost and avoids operator errors.


Next, it can shorter cutting tools to be used since the head can be lowered towards the job and the cutter oriented towards the surface. As a result, higher cutting speed can be achieved, and the vibration of the tool is reduced.


This type of machining also offers the ability to machine extremely complex parts from solid that would otherwise have to be cast.


In addition, it also offer huge time savings in hole drilling. Drilling a series of holes with different compound angles is very time consuming. With a five-axis machine, the head can be oriented along the correct axis for each hole automatically, allowing drilling to be completed much more quickly.


Last, most manufacturers that specialize in making controls for five-axis machines can also provide a feature that makes it possible, even for a manual programmer, to program basic machining operations for angular surfaces.