CNC 5-Axis Machining Center offer 5-sided milling capabilities
Benefits of 5-Axis Machining
Straton CNC 5-axis machining capabilities offer a number of important benefits including:
- Ability to machine highly complex shapes with only a single setup
- Enhanced accuracy for the finished product
- Shorter production times that enable us to complete your project more quickly
- Tools capable of accessing hard-to-reach places with ease
- Improved surface finish on the final product
- High-capacity table that rotates faster and can easily handle your heavier parts
What is 5 Axis Machining?
Traditional 2-axis machining system modifies objects on only two coordinates, the x and y axis. Objects can be cut top to bottom and left and right or forward and backward. Two-axis limits the machining to a flat surface. With 3-axis machining, an object can now be modified in space using an X-axis, Y-axis and a Z-axis ñ giving the added advantage of more intricate cuts. Objects can be manipulated, left and right, top to bottom and forward and back at any given point.
With the advent of 5-axis machine, objects can now be modified on several axis including the ability to create a perfect sphere. With a 5-axis machining center, the additional rotary axes will rotate about two of those three primary axes. Objects can be manipulated along the x, y and z planes as well as circular axis, diagonal axis whatever the job requires.
The axis that rotates about or under the Z-axis is called the C-axis. The axis that rotates about the Y-axis is called the B-axis. The axis that rotates about the X-axis is called the A-axis. The Q axis is usually associated with the rotation of the object while the B axis refers to the object tilt.
The flexibility of 5-axis machining provides greater accuracy as manual rotation and resetting the object is not necessary. With one setup, machinists can complete an entire project without stopping, turning and recalibrating the alignment. Complex shapes can be machined faster and with a higher degree of accuracy.
Visualizing 5-Axis Capabilities
Think of an airplane moving through the atmosphere. Imagine the number of ways it can move in the air. First, think about the plane moving forward in the forward-backward plane. This is the first movement and your first axis. Next, think about the plane going up and down in the altitude plane. This is the second movement and your second axis. Third, think about the plane turning left and turning right. This is the third movement and your third axis. Now you have to imagine the plane rolling like a barrel. This is the fourth movement and your fourth axis. When a plane rolls from being upright to being upside down, its axis is entirely different from the other three. The fifth movement is even more complex. When a plane lands, imagine the nose tilting upward but not increasing in altitude. This is the fifth movement and it is your fifth axis. The 5-axis CNC machining equipment can modify an object in the same manner that the plane moves around space.