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MultiCam Inc.’s 8000 Series five-axis router is especially useful for high-speed, heavy-duty routing in the woodworking, plastics, nonferrous metals and composites industries, according to the company.
In addition to the standard X, Y and Z axes, the end of the Z axis features a 440-degree rotational axis and a 150-degree swing axis. Visualize a hemispherical work envelope (the lower half of a basketball) on the end of the Z axis. MultiCam can put the tool at any point on this surface under full CNC program control.
The operator may program all five axes to move simultaneously. Or program the fourth and fifth axes separately or locked in the vertical position to run the 8000 Series as a standard three-axis machine. Using all five axes of movement isn’t always necessary.