5 Axis CNC Machining Services

Wisconsin Machine Shop Guaranteeing Ultra Precision with 5 Axis Machines

Owens Industries provides 5 axis CNC machining services that achieve an angular tolerance of two-thousandths of a degree (.002°). We specialize in true 5 axis contour machining, manufacturing “almost impossible to make” 5 axis components with ease. It takes more than just excellent machining and programming skills to perform true 5 axis work. Our manufacturing engineers are remarkable machinists and have been with Owens for 20 - 30+ years. They fix, program, and set up the machines, as well as produce the components themselves, running the job until all the fine-tuning is complete no matter how complex the parts are that an order calls for.

5 Axis Machining

Benefits of 5 Axis Machining

  • Workpieces are not moved through several workstations, they can be completed on the 5 Axis machine alone—finishing components with greater accuracy
  • Less fixture preparation—saving time and money
  • Single setup required for machining complex shapes—increasing productivity
  • Can use shorter cutting tools—producing higher cutting speeds and fewer tool vibrations for higher precision
  • Ability to achieve outstanding surface finishes—improving overall part quality
Contact our 5 axis machinists today to discuss your design and machining needs.
 

What is 5 Axis CNC Machining?

5 axis machining is unique in its ability to effectively process part sizes and shapes with essentially infinite possibilities. Like 3 axis machines, the cutting tool of a 5 axis machining center moves across the X, Y, and Z linear axes, but also rotates on the A and B axes – allowing the cutting tool to approach components from any direction. An experienced machinist can achieve incredibly complicated geometries with high precision when using all 5 axes in conjunction. The skilled and highly experienced CNC machinists and programmers at Owens Industries are capable of machining complex shapes, undercuts, and complicated angles – all in one setup to boot.

The ability to machine a component to completion in a single setup not only adds to the precision achieved during machining but also reduces tooling costs, overhead costs, and labor time, resulting in the lowest possible cost per part. 5 axis machining centers eliminate several inadequacies of conventional CNC machining techniques, including multiple setups, part transfers, and inspections; part handling, and errors associated with human involvement/interference.

Industries served by Owens

5 axis machining is used across a number of industries to produce precision dependent components with fast manufacturing times and repeatable accuracy, including:

Owens Industries serves these industries and more, consistently exceeding industry quality standards and the capabilities of normal CNC machine shops. We are happy to take on prototype or production machining work.

Getting the Most from 5-Axis Machining

Understanding the full capabilities for 5-axis machining is the difference between an ordinary component and an extraordinary one. CNC machinists trained to use CNC machines may not have the knowledge or expertise to get the most from 5-axis technology, but Owens Industries is different. We have an arsenal of the best 5-axis machinery on the market produced by the best brands, and are always operated by expert machinists who know how to utilize 5-axis technology for your particular components.

Owens uses the best CNC machines manufactured by AGIE, Hermle, DMG, Okuma, and more. We have consistently delivered remarkable results using our 5-axis machining services for multiple industries all over the United States.

Making a Difference in Medical Device Manufacturing

While electrical discharge machining is a more popular choice in medical machining, 5 axis milling still plays a key role in certain medical, dental, and ophthalmic applications. If you’re manufacturing medical devices, surgical instrumentation, or other related equipment, Owens can handle your 5-axis machining demands; delivering the highest precision results. Our engineers are dedicated to achieving the exact specifications you set forth; ensuring the deliverables promised to you are recieved on time and within budget. With decades of experience working with medical product manufacturers, designers, and engineers, you can trust our machine shop to complete the job as expected.


Some of the medical products 4-axis or 5-axis machined by Owens includes:

  • CT scanner parts
  • Laser eye keratome gear plate
  • Medical impellers
  • Stator, rotor, and rotor housing for blood gas analyzer

5-Axis Milling for Tool & Die Companies

Owens’ advanced 5-axis machining technology offers the best precision and tighter tolerances for people working at a tool & die business. Tool & Die is a billion dollar industry which is primarily made up of small businesses and machine shops throughout the United States, and the expert CNC engineers at Owens Industries are here to help your tool & die business with whatever components you need. Our 5-axis machining services allow for the best CNC parts to be made with the tightest tolerances and highest-quality materials.

5-axis milling creates parts with an angular tolerance of two-thousandths of a degree, meaning our precision capabilities are able to achieve what other precision CNC machinists can’t. We’ve manufactured precision parts for a wide range of industries all over the United States, and we can build CNC components for your tool & die company while keeping you within budget.

Expanded Possibilities with 5 Axis Machining

In many cases, a 3 axis CNC machine can do the work of a 5 axis CNC machine – not to say with the exact same precision. The main difference is the setup and fixturing time. Setting up a single job on a 3 axis CNC machine can take 5 hours for one piece, including the rotations needed to complete the fabrication. Setup and fixturing of the same job on a 5 axis CNC machine would take less than 2 hours. Cycle time is also significantly decreased by using a 5 axis machine over a 3 axis machine, reducing it by more than 1/3rd.

And, for repeat jobs, once the initial setup has been completed, the next time the job rolls around it is finished much quicker since the specifications are already programmed into the machine. Less time spent setting up and fixturing machines means better turnaround times, and more opportunities to take on other jobs.


We strive to be the premier Machine Shop for the United States, producing quality products that won’t fail when put to the test.

CNC Swiss Machining for Better Precision and Tighter Tolerances

CNC Swiss-type lathes are the newest pieces of equipment available at Owens Industries – Swiss machined components are all manufactured with ultra-precise tolerances and parts made to the most exact industry standards. Our Tornos Swiss machining lathes provide a cost-effective way to produce micro-machined parts for industries all over the country. Swiss lathes is essentially a machine that feeds stock through a guide bushing, moving and rotating the part on the X-, Y-, and Z-axes. This large range of movement, much like in 5-axis milling, allows for effectively manufactured parts made to the most precise and accurate measures.

If your company needs Swiss machined parts for a particular application, the professionals at Owens Industries can help. Contact us today to learn more about our CNC Swiss machining capabilities.

5 Axis Machining ServicesAdvanced 5-Axis Technology Used in Micro Milling Services

Our 5-axis micro milling centers are one of a kind (specially calibrated for the highest precision results), and setting Owens apart from the competition. A vital role in our micromachining processes, 5 axis milling enables our CNC machinists to produce complex components with the tightest tolerances and exacting accuracies. With only one tool set-up required per part, human involvement is reduced and components are machined with repeatable accuracy and shortened turnaround times.

Clients throughout the nation come to Owens Industries with their CNC machining challenges, especially for complex components other Machine Shops were incapable of machining to their exact specifications. Our 5-axis milling advancements combined with skillful EDM micromachining experts provide superior products, while making micro manufacturing more efficient. Owens delivers perfection from 5-axis milling capabilities, guaranteeing client satisfaction in every product. Trust us with all of your micromachining needs, no matter the complexity.

Precise CNC Machining

5 Axis CNC Machining requires 5 axis thinking! Yes, it is quite difficult to comprehend cutting strategies in true 5 axis motion. Fortunately, we have a few techno genii who do exactly that!

If you have a very complex project that needs true 5 Axis CNC Machining, Owens Industries has your answer. Perhaps we can offer you not only the 5 Axis Machining expertise but also lend you an ear to comprehend the very complex nature of your design requirement.

In order to offer only true high precision work, we limit the size of our 5 Axis work envelope to about 14” cube (355.6mm).

Tight Tolerance Wire EDM

Our 5 Axis Wire EDM Machines offer true 5th axis rotary index wire cuts. We have a specially integrated submersible 5th axis indexer to our super precision Wire EDM machines. Often, people refer to the head tilt option, which is common in most Wire EDMs, as being 5th axis work. Actually, in that context, ours would be considered 6 Axis Wire EDM work.

AIGECharmilles 5-Axis MachiningOwens Industries 5-Axis Machines

When searching for 5-axis CNC machining services, look no further than Owens Industries. Not only do we employ the best machinists to deliver quality with every project, we have industry-leading machinery to ensure you get the most precise finished product possible. Having seasoned professionals is only half the equation. With today’s technology, only the highest quality 5-axis machines can produce the highest quality products. Owens Industries boasts an arsenal of the best 5-axis machinery on the market produced by the best brands. AGIECharmilles, Hermle, and DMG MORI 5-axis machines lead the way year after year in precision and innovation.


AGIECharmilles 5-Axis Machines
 - The AGIECharmilles line of 5-Axis machines produced by GF Machining Solutions is one of Switzerland’s greatest exports. They provide the most precise CNC 5-axis machining to produce a product to your exact specifications. With extreme tolerances for positioning and control, these 5-axis machines give our machinists the confidence and capability to do more with every project.


Hermle 5-Axis Machines
- Hermle prides themselves on being at the forefront of 5-axis machining from the very beginning. Made in Germany, Hermle 5-axis machines are the benchmark for handling complex projects requiring absolute precision.


DMG MORI 5-Axis Machines
- DMG MORI provides 5-axis machines that enable the use of both automatic 5-sided machining and even the more challenging 5-axis simultaneous milling. This capability allows for greater production flexibility and a higher quality product.
Don’t leave your project to a machining service with anything less than the best, contact Owens Industries today to learn more about how our 5-axis machines paired with our expert machinists can make the difference.

Examples of the application:

We can offer ½ micron (0.00002") positional and .002° angular accuracies.

A customer requested that multiple holes be cut into a plate, but with each hole drilled at a different angle from the preceding one. This is a common requirement in collimators used in Fiber Optic systems. This type of work is best performed using our 5th Axis Machining System, which allows us to offer substantial cost savings to our customers.

Jobs We Have Completed using 5 Axis Machining:

The benefits of 5 axis machining aren’t limited to their precision cutting and curved hole cutting capabilities. The entire production process is improved when 3 axis capabilities upgrade to 5 axis capabilities, opening the door for new possibilities in future jobs.

5 Axis Machining Services Set Owens Apart from the Competition

Owens Industries has consistently delivered remarkable results using their 5 axis machining services. If you are seeking impeller or turbine work, you know the complexity of this component’s contours. We seek these challenges, knowing our equipment and 5 axis machine operators have the skills to make impellers with the highest accuracy and precision, no matter the size demands.

Prescription Glasses Moldings

Owens has also created inserts that are used for eye glass molding – not the frame but the actual mold for the prescription glasses. Though this may sound simple, it is anything but. Visualize the complex curvatures of a bi-focal lens. Now make it a progressive bi-focal; add astigmatism and off center axes. Many CNC machine shops are not capable of producing the surface tolerance and integrity achieved with the same precision as Owens’ 5 axis machinists. This is just one example of how our team's mathematical skills benefit customers.

Precision Collimators

Another example showcasing our incredible dedication to precision is the production of collimators. Collimators demand ultra-high precision and accuracy to create a high number of holes (depending on its size, a collimator can have 500-1000 holes), each next hole pointing at a different angle than the proceeding hole, with a positional accuracy to be within 5µ to 10µ and an angular accuracy to be within +/- 0.002°. Owens meets these challenges head on, and successfully achieves the exact specifications these components require—accurately machining each hole so they meet at one focal point.

Ventricular Assist Devices

A third example is the main axial impeller used in the heart pump for VAD—Ventricular Assist Devices. When machining medical devices, precision and accuracy is of the utmost importance - Owens is dedicated to meeting these requirements, delivering precision machined components safe enough to implant within the human body.

Quote from the heart pump manufacturer/customer:

Your people have achieved, within 6 months, what others took 2 years to make, and your tolerances were better.

Our machinists perform ultra-precision 5 Axis Precision Machine work with 5 Micron Tolerance and .0005° angular accuracies.

An example of our 5 Axis Precision Machine Work: We produced keratomes for Lasik surgery. A Keratome is used to slice a 165 microns (.006496") thick slice off the cornea of the eye. This slice had to be +/- 5 micron accurate! We produced the entire cutting head system using our 5 Axis Ultra-Precision Machining Centers and our 5 Axis Wire EDM system.

Components we've built using 5-Axis Machining:

Part Application Industry Material Specific Feature
Machined Reflector Wing Lights Aerospace 6061-T6 Aluminum Milling and Polishing 16 Reflective Pockets
Load Sleeve Cable Clamp Defense Custom 455 Cond H1000 Saddle Shaped Internal Profile
Optics Block Laser Alignment Tool Research and Development 6061-T6 Aluminum Hole Alignment Tolerance 0.001mm
Valve Housing Titan Rocket Rocket Engine Component 6061-T6 Aluminum 5-Axis Milling of Cylindrical Elbow Housing
Housing, Aileron Flap Control Aerospace 15-5PH  Cond H1025 Machining Finned Housing from Solid Billet Stock
Support Assembly Aerospace Aircraft OEM 5052-0 and 5052-F Aluminum Aluminum Tube with Formed Welded Bracket
Mixer Head Insert Spray Nozzle Automotive AISI 316 Stainless Steel Required to mill axial slots at acute angles
Blade, Cutter Cutting Safety Cable Defense 17-4Ph Hardened Keen Damage Free Cutting Edge
Prism Base Laser Focal Component Energy Research Haynes 230 Drill and Tap 000-120 Threaded Holes
Impeller Fluid Flow Medical PEEK Burr-Free Micro Milling
Impeller, Polished Experimental Heart Pump Medical Research 6Al-4v Titanium Burr Free Polished Impeller Surface
Cylinder Block Gas Flow Manifold Natural Gas Industry 6061-T6 Aluminum Machine 12 Micro Finish Surfaces for Press Fit Bushings
Insert Ball Bearing Flow Oil & Gas 17-4 PH Stainless Cond H950 (6) S-Shaped Pockets on Internal Profile
Inlet Cover Pressure Flow Cover Oil & Gas 13CR-L80 80 KISI MYS Milled Cage Features
Radial Bearing Housing Shaft Control Unit Oil & Gas 17-4 ph Cond H950 Deep Feature 5-Axis Milling
Bearing Housing Shaft Coupling Device Oil & Gas 13CR-L80 80 KSI MYS Intricate Internal Ports
Ball Lock Transmission Control Oil & Gas AISI 4330 V Mod 115 Min KSI Yield Milling Eccentric Lobe
Equalizing Flapper Valve Cover Oil & Gas 718 Inconel NACE MR0175 120 KSI MYS Milled Saddle Shaped Profile
Flapper Mount Valve Head Oil & Gas Inconel 925 105 Min KSI Yield Milling Saddle Profile
Soft Seat Well Head Seal Oil & Gas 30% Carbon Filled Teflon Saddle shaped stepped profile seal ring
Soft Seat Retaining Ring Well Head Seal Retainer Oil & Gas 13CR-L80 Milling Saddle Profile
Spiral Groove Bearing Transmission Research and Development 660 Bronze Mill Radial 0.010" Deep Chevrons on Part OD
Read Head Signal Encoder Military 416 Stainless Steel Cond A Precision Grinding of Flat Surfaces

High Precision, Higher Quality with 5-Axis Machining

From its inception in 1944, Owens Industries continues to excel in the CNC machining of very tight tolerance and ultra-high precision components. Based in Oak Creek, WI, we have developed a reputation for quality and reliability. We have a growing list of references who trust Owens, and Owens alone, with their every CNC machining need.

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