6/15/2018

Bolt-On Five-Axis Machining Capability

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The ability to attack a workpiece at angles and use contouring without the need to remove and re-fixture the work is driving shops to look at how to get fourth- and fifth-axis capabilities on their standard VMC.

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inside of a machine doing five-axis machining

Adding the capabilities of five-axis machining can help shops expand the kinds of work they can do for their customers.

The three-axis vertical machining center is by far the most popular machining center platform. Versatile, productive, easy to operate and relatively inexpensive, this machine is a workhorse in shops around the world.

However, as machine shops look to expand its operational capabilities to accommodate customer demands for more complex and tighter tolerance parts, the limits of three linear axes become clear. The ability to attack a workpiece at angles and use contouring without the need to remove and re-fixture the work is driving shops to look at how to get fourth- and fifth-axis capabilities on their standard VMC.

The article, “Get Five-Axis Machining on a Three-Axis VMC,” is about adding additional positioning and contouring capability to three-aixs machining center to explain how to best increase the ability to process more complex workpieces in a single handling. Read the article here.


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