5-axis machining allows for the creation of complex parts or components. While 2-3 axis machines move the work piece in two different directions while the cutting tool moves up and down, 5-axis machines can rotate on two additional rotation axes. This allows the cutting tool to reach the part from all directions. When compared to 2 and 3-axis machines, 5-axis machines offer greater versatility, making them a useful tool to just about every industry.
Unfortunately, the high cost of 5-axis machines makes them inaccessible to many manufacturers and machinists. OEMs and organizations wishing to take advantage of 5-axis machining could benefit from outsourcing to a qualified machinist. Outsourcing allows organizations to utilize equipment and skilled teams without having to acquire the people, equipment, or space needed to complete these tasks in-house.
Useful for a Broad Range of Applications
Because of its versatility, machinists use 5-axis machining for a wide range of applications. One of the most common applications is the machining of work pieces with complex contours. These contours are generally difficult, if not impossible, to achieve using a 2-3-axis machine or a turn mill machine.
Although 5-axis machining benefits almost every industry, its commonly utilized by the automotive, aerospace, defense, automation, and medical sectors. The efficiency and accuracy of these machines allows organizations to meet tight tolerances and specific standards for quality and consistency.
The vertical alignment and design of 5-axis machines eliminates the concentricity issues often experienced by horizontal machines. With gravity on its side, the vertical chunk can firmly clamp the work piece to the worktable. This increases application opportunities, improving versatility even more.
While 5-axis machines allow for the creation of complex parts and components, use of these machines is not necessary for all complex machining projects. However, using a 3-axis machine typically creates more steps for the operator. 5-axis machines create complex parts with minimal set-up.
5-Axis Machining Services
Organizations that require the creation of complex parts could benefit from contacting an experienced machinist. Means Engineering offers 5-axis machining for a wide range of industries and applications. Our services reduce time to market and increase profitability.
Please contact us for more information about our CNC machining services.