What is 5-Axis CNC Machining?
5-axis CNC machining is a manufacturing process that involves using computer numerical control (CNC) technology to control the movement of five axes on a machine tool. These axes are typically the X, Y, and Z linear axes, as well as two additional rotary axes that are perpendicular to the other three. 5-axis machining is unique in its ability to effectively process part sizes and shapes with essentially infinite possibilities.
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. With 5-axis CNC machining, a workpiece can be machined from multiple angles and with a high level of precision. This type of machining is often used in the production of complex shapes or parts with intricate details, such as aerospace and automotive components, medical implants, and molds for plastic injection molding.
To perform 5-axis CNC machining, a machine tool must be equipped with a CNC controller and special software that allows the operator to input the desired machining movements and tool paths. The machine tool may also be equipped with additional features such as a rotary table or trunnion, which allows for the rotation of the workpiece about one or more axes.
Overall, 5-axis CNC machining offers a high level of versatility and precision in the manufacturing process, and is increasingly being used in a wide range of industries to produce complex and intricate parts. 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.