5-axis machining is an advanced cutting method that creates some of the highest quality parts here at Share Machine. While previously reserved for only the highest-budgeted manufacturers, 5-axis machining has come a long way and is now commonly available to the rest of the manufacturing world.
The 5-axis mills and machines are used heavily in various applications and can cut even the most intricate of patterns. They can also offer efficiency improvements for products that may only need 3-axis machining. However you choose to use it, successful 5-axis machining can have significant benefits for your manufacturing operations.
Many CNC machines operate on three axes, with an X-, a Y- and a Z-axis for machine movement. In a 5-axis machine, you still have these three, but two of them rotate as well, adding an A- and B-axis. This design allows them to complete many simultaneous movements to make smooth or intricate designs. The configuration of the rotating and static axes can vary from machine to machine.
5-axis CNC machining is quick and efficient, offering a “one and done” approach. In a 3-axis machine, you would have to manually rotate the part in between passes so the cutting tool could access all of the faces. A 5-axis machine will do it for you. It can turn the piece and reach all of its faces in one go. It also allows for more complicated designs with this wide range of motion, and you can count on the machine to automatically rotate the tools you use.