On a 5-axis CNC,  the cutting tool moves across the X, Y and Z linear axes as well as rotates on the A and B axes to approach the material from any direction. In other words, five sides of a part can be processed in a single setup.

Here are just 5 benefits of 5 axis CNC routing

1.    Manufacture More Complex Shapes

Machining complex shapes and parts from material that would otherwise have been thermoformed or laser profiled is perhaps the #1 benefit if 5 axis CNC routing.  As well as reducing the amount of time to manufacture, the process offers the chance to manufacture more complex components, parts or products.

2.    Cost Savings

Using a 5 axis CNC reduces setting up time and the time required for move between set ups if 3 axis or other CNC routing processes.  Reducing set up and labour costs will impact on the cost – helping you achieve increased cost-effectiveness for even the most complex projects. In addition, fewer interventions should reduce wastage and scrap.

3.   Better Surface Finishes

5-axis capabilities on contoured geometry produces better surface finish in less time, compared to a 3-axis machine, which takes longer. Shorter cutters reduce tool vibration, allowing a better finish and eliminating the need to do it by hand.

4.    Faster Cutting Speeds

Shorter tools on the 5-axis machine enable it to get closer to the material. This allows for faster cutting speeds without putting excessive load on the cutter itself, which increases tool life and reduces breakages. The possession of additional rotational axes makes drilling compound holes at odd angles faster than traditional CNC machines.

5. Increased Market Opportunities

The ability to machine more complex parts, components and products together with reducing manufacturing costs allows producers to bring products to market at significantly lower cost. This allows for improve margins and/or increased volume in sales. Costs saved can also be diverted to other channels including marketing and branding.

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