5 Axis CNC Machining Centers

Besides the linear axes X, Y and Z, 5 Axis Machining Centers also move in two rotary axes, often identified as A and B axis. The rotary axes tilt the tool with respect to the part. Physically, it can be either the tool that tilts or the part that tilts. True 5 axis CNC machining uses these axes to smoothly follow a contoured surface. This type of machining has long been important in the aerospace industry, where machined parts follow the aerodynamic forms of aircraft. Some machines move the rotary axes only to position the tool or work outside of the cut. A machine capable of this “3+2” machining often can reach all of the machined features of the part in a single setup. 

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Running Unattended at Night Lets Machine Shop Serve New Customers During Day

Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.

November 2019 Product Spotlight: 5-Axis Machining

This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on five-axis machining technologies. 
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