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 “

“A vertical travelling column machining center with full 5-axis synchronous milling ability and a large machining envelope enables us to manufacture a wide variety of components.”

Five reasons to use 5-axis machining

  1. 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.
  2. 5-axis machining provides you with the opportunity to work on unique parts. Many 5-axis parts are very unique in shape or style.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

If you have any questions about the technology or want some advice about a machining job contact us.

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