5-Axis Programmable Head Attachment

Tri-Tech Precision Products Inc. ’s five-axis programmable head attachment, the M5414, attaches to virtually any three-axis CNC milling center to provide simultaneous five-axis machining and drilling capability. The industry applications required by mold, aerospace, specialty automotive, energy and instrument manufacturers to perform five-axis simultaneous and positioning moves such as drilling and slotting can be achieved with this attachment.

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Tri-Tech Precision Products Inc.’s five-axis programmable head attachment, the M5414, attaches to virtually any three-axis CNC milling center to provide simultaneous five-axis machining and drilling capability. The industry applications required by mold, aerospace, specialty automotive, energy and instrument manufacturers to perform five-axis simultaneous and positioning moves such as drilling and slotting can be achieved with this attachment.

The attachment provides an upgraded spindle with high precision bearings designed to further increase rigidity and deliver a noticeably smoother surface finish. The recently upgraded worm gears offer a measurable improvement in accuracy over previous models. The attachment also includes an Inpro spindle seal that virtually eliminates potential spindle contamination.

Designed to handle the most complex machining including full five-axis profiling, contouring, slots and holes, the M5414’s sturdy holding fixture enables an installation time of less than 30 minutes, the company says. The construction uses an A2 tool steel in the drive block and main bevel gears and 17-4 stainless steel in the spindle and worm gear housing. High-speed options are achieved through either a mechanical speeder or a pneumatic spindle that does not lose torque or rpm under load and uses clean, oil-free compressed air that eliminates oil drip from the spindle. High-speed spindle options offer 20,000- to 50,000-rpm capabilities.

The attachment provides access to all points within the hemisphere of the machine’s work envelope and is available with a post-processor that is designed to work with most five-axis-capable CAM software products and five-axis-capable CNC controls.