Knowledge Center


Making the Move to Five-Axis Machining

While some may still think of five-axis machining largely in the context of geometrically complex aerospace, medical and energy parts, there is a strong argument for using this technology in a much wider range of applications. Even if you’re not machining contoured surfaces, being able to get at more part features in a single setup can pay big dividends in better machine utilization, reduced setups and cycle times, and improved quality. No doubt, a five-axis machine is more expensive than a typical VMC, but the value of these benefits is substantial, and they will enable your shop to more cost-efficiently produce a wider range of work.

Moving to five-axis machining is not just about picking the right machine tool. For a truly efficient process, you also need to understand the best approaches to part programming, workholding, cutting tools and more.

This Knowledge Center is intended to provide a broad overview of what first time users will need to think about and also what the newest technology offers to existing users.

Types of Five-Axis Machines

With so many ways to go about five-axis machining, how do know what is the best fit for your shop? Read on to find out.

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Five-Axis Options and Add-Ons

Five-axis machining is complex and requires expertise and substantial investment, not only in the machine itself, but also in CAM and simulation software.

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Five-Axis Programming and Controls

Commercial CAM systems and CNC software have evolved to make the application of 5-axis technology easier, safer, and more productive

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Workholding Considerations for Five-Axis Machining

A five-axis machine has more flexibility in its movement to reach all surfaces, but it can only do so if the fixturing or workholding allows access.

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Cutting Tools

Higher speeds and feeds can be accomplished with five-axis machining and cutting tools should meet that challenge.

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We've rounded up a collection of informative five-action machining videos.

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