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Focusing on a particular part size range allows this shop to use a versatile type of five-axis machine tool. Five-axis machining now makes up 40 percent of the shop’s business.
Modern Machine Shop recently started a “Top Shops” discussion group on LinkedIn. The group is for owners, managers, engineers and other senior personnel in CNC machining facilities. A recent discussion thread from that group revealed various shops’ thoughts on five-axis machining.
A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.
You don't have to use all five axes of a five-axis machine at the same time to get great benefits. Here's what 3 + 2 can do for you.
In five-axis machining, the workholding has to get out of the way. The wrong choice of clamping risks collision and can obscure one of the principal benefits of a five-axis machine.
Five-axis, five-spindle machine aims at reduced cost per piece for production of large aircraft components.
Edited by Jedd Cole
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Yasda H40i high-precision five-axis machining center is designed for improved repeatability and accuracy, tighter tolerances, and shorter cycle times for aerospace, die/mold and automotive manufacturing.
Unisig’s USC-M series drilling and machining centers combine several processes into one machine capable of drilling and machining all four sides of a workpiece, reducing setup time and increasing accuracy for mold manufacturers.
A robot-based machine tool provides a simple and flexible option for certain machining applications.