CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining is a process by which pre-programmed computer software guides the movement of tools and complex machinery such as routers, lathes, mills and grinders. CNC has huge advantages over manual control—the ability to code the position, feed rate and speed of machine tool functions and consistently execute in repetitive, predictable cycles.
What is 3-Axis Machining?
In 3-axis machining, the cutting tool moves along 3 axes (X, Y and Z) to mill the part. Three-axis machining is one of the most widely used techniques to create mechanical parts. While it is a more basic process, 3-axis may be ideal for your project depending on size of production run, accuracy and finish requirements or materials used.
What is 4-Axis Machining?
A 4-axis CNC machine operates on the X,Y and Z axes like a 3-axis machine, with the addition of rotation around the X-axis (called the A-axis). 4-axis milling is used when cut-outs need to be made in the side of a piece or around a cylinder. The machines provide efficient and precise results.
What is 5-Axis Machining?
5-axis machining involves all the axes of 4-axis machining, plus an additional rotational axis. The 5th axis is around the B-axis, which rotates around the Y-axis in the X-Y-Z plane. This multidimensional rotation and tool movement allows for unparalleled precision, speed and finish in the production of a piece.
5-axis machines are the most advanced CNC milling machines available today. They are capable of creating precise and intricate components for aerospace, defense, automotive and medical applications.
They are also becoming more popular because they offer:
- Shorter lead times
- Greater accuracy
- Improved tool life and efficiency
Consistency in Production
CNC machining technology is paramount to the manufacturing industry. Without this high-tech coding capability, many complex components, from aerospace to automotive to everyday household items, would be difficult if not virtually impossible to produce.
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