Taking the fear out of 5-axis machining

August 15
2:00 PM

In order to keep up with the demands of today’s manufacturing, it’s almost impossible not to move into 5-axis technologies. This progression; however, can be a very stressful endeavor. How will you program such a complicated machine? What does it take to set it up? And most importantly, how can you keep from crashing such a complex machine tool? With the cost of 5-axis machines becoming reachable to the average job shop, these questions must be answered.

Join Siemens in exploring how the SINUMERIK control has helped solve these tough questions. See real-world challenges in 5-axis machining and the unique functionality that has been developed to solve them. Learn how to create 3 + 2 programs directly on the shop-floor utilizing the onboard ShopMill conversational programming interface. Explore built-in native measuring cycles that have been designed specifically to handle the setup of 5-axis machines as easy as if it were 3-axis. You’ll find that 5 axis machining is not as intimidating as you may have once thought.  

Primary Topics:

  • New advancements in control functionality dramatically reduce setup time
  • How to move into a 5-axis machine without needing a high-end CAM system
  • First-hand demonstrations of multi-axis embedded simulation
  • Advanced functionality in auto mode simplify mid program restarts


Having first apprenticed as a Class-A machinist in the early 1990s, Chris Pollack has held a number of positions in the machine tool industry. He’s worked with companies like Fryer Machine Systems as an application engineer; MSC Industrial Supply as a metalworking specialist, where he worked closely with leading cutting tool manufacturers and end-users; and now Siemens as the Virtual Technical Application Center (TAC) Manager, where he supports SINUMERIK CNC users from an operation and programming perspective, plus application training, service training, and sales training.  Chris also supports the Siemens CNC portfolio through the development and execution of training curriculums. As the Virtual TAC manager, he leverages his extensive knowledge of 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and multi-axis, advanced turning. 

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