5-axis machining is now used by many machining companies and allows machining of a part along 5 axes of motion compared to 3 axes in one setup. While this can be a cost saving factor, 5 Axis machining is used more often for complex contour work, which may need simultaneous movement of all 5 Axes.
Recent advances in software have helped make the conversion from 3-axis and 3+2 axis positioning to simultaneous 5-axis machining accessible to everyday numerical control programmers.
Although some of these techniques might require additional programming time, the benefits of reduced machining, setup time and reduced hand-polishing outweigh the costs.
Here at PRV-Engineering Ltd we are constantly moving with the times and investing in equipment to make sure we stay ahead of our competitors. MD Simon Jones, said; “PRV Engineering has developed through acquisition and constant investment in new technology. The latest addition to our plant list is the Mazak VTC800/30SR “
Five reasons to use 5-axis machining
- If you provide 5-axis machining you are likely to land work that other shops cannot accept After all, some parts can only be done with multi-axis machining.
- 5-axis machining provides you with the opportunity to work on unique parts. Many 5-axis parts are very unique in shape or style.
- As a marketing tool to bid on jobs. By utilizing multi-axis machining, you can advertise the benefits to help you get work. Benefits such as; shorter tools, better finishes, shorter run times.
- Implementing a 5-axis solution means that you can expand and service industries other than traditional 3-axis markets. This may include certain aerospace, medical and other applications.
- If you have adopted new technology, you will often become the local expert on the technology. Being an early adopter for the sake of having something first is usually not always a good business decision, but being a successful early adopter, makes you a “go to” business.
You may find this in depth article about the development from 3 to 5 axis machining interesting to read.
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