What is 5 Axis Machining?
Five Axis machining refers to the ability of a CNC machine to move a part or tool on 5 different axes simultaneously.
Standard machines can move a part in two directions (X and Y), and the tool up and down (Z).
By adding two more axes which rotate (A and B), every possible position and angle on a part can be attained.
- Complex Shapes such as turbines or impellers cannot be made any other way.
- More Precise: Simple shapes like a box can be machined on 5 sides without removing it from the machine. This greatly increases the precision of the part because it removes alignment errors introduced when the part is removed and then re-fixtured in another orientation.
- More Efficient: By virtue of the fact most or all of the work is done in a single setup, there are no delays in waiting for an operator to load and unload a part.