Strategies to Get the Most from 5-Axis Machining

There isn’t much you can’t do with a 3-axis CNC machine. With the right tools and a skilled machinist, you can fabricate any number of parts in various materials with complex geometries. The reality in machining, however, is customer satisfaction, and lead times are shortening to meet client demand. The time to move to 5-axis machining is now. You can serve your client’s needs now and set your manufacturing up for the next steps. Here are some strategies to get the most from 5-axis machining.

Philosophy

The first strategy is the design approach. 5-axis machining is different than dealing with one plane at a time. A machinist needs to visualize both the part and the cutting tools able to move on multiple paths. This can take some time to become instinctive when moving from a 3-axis world. Cutting is more complex to plan but runs more efficiently. In moving into 5-axis machining it is important to note there are fewer qualified machinists. Plan to have the training in place, or qualified staff to step into the new variable axis world available to you.

With additional axes, positional tolerances must also be considered. The use of an encoder mounted to monitor the table position is critical to avoid the misalignment due to heat buildup in the mechanical components. With advanced engineering also comes advanced problems that must be viewed with a different overall philosophy.

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Rapid Enterprises is a full-service CNC precision machine shop located in Toronto, offering machining solutions across 5 axis machining.

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Rapid Enterprises

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Rapid Enterprises is a full-service CNC precision machine shop located in Toronto, offering machining solutions across 5 axis machining.

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