5-Axis Machining and Milling

Astro Machine Works offers advanced 5-axis machining services that significantly increase the range of possibilities for creating parts in various shapes and sizes. We are an experienced 5-axis machining company that can provide a customized solution that will help you meet your most difficult manufacturing challenges.

Our Pennsylvania facility includes multiple technologically advanced 5-axis Vertical Machining Centers that can perform high-precision machining and milling of more complex parts. Our 5-axis machining services will allow you to take your manufacturing processes to a higher level and exceed your customers’ expectations.


What Is 5-Axis Machining?

The term “five-axis machining” refers to the number of directions in which the cutting tool can move. In a standard 5-axis machine setup, the cutting tool moves across the X, Y and Z linear axes and rotates on the A and B axes. This allows you to process up to five sides of a part in a single setup. That is why 5-axis simultaneous milling and machining has become such a popular choice for creating more complex and intricate parts, or parts featuring multiple sides.

By empowering your engineers to design multifaceted parts that can enhance the functionality and performance of your machines, our 5-axis machining service can help to redefine your company’s overall manufacturing capabilities.

Advantages of Five-Axis vs. 3-Axis Machining

Does your company currently rely on 3-axis machining? While 3-axis machining has its benefits, it does pose certain manufacturing limitations. The primary difference is that 5-axis machining introduces the element of rotation of the A and B axes. In addition to enabling faster production of complex shapes, the 5-axis parts production process results in a higher-quality surface finish. Other important 5-axis machining benefits include:

  • Shorter lead times: The enhanced capabilities of the 5-axis machine results in decreased production times, which translate into shorter lead times for your production projects. This allows you to provide better service to your customer base.
  • Greater accuracy: 5-axis machining and milling offers a level of precision that 3-axis processes cannot replicate, which is crucial if your finished products must adhere to strict quality and performance specifications. 5-axis machining also eliminates the need to move the workpiece among multiple workstations, thereby reducing the risk of error.
  • Use of shorter cutting tools: It is feasible to produce high-quality 5-axis machined parts with the use of shorter cutters, which can reduce the vibration that frequently occurs when machining deep cavities with a 3-axis process. This typically results in a smoother surface finish. The use of a shorter cutting tool also allows for a higher cutting speed without putting excess pressure on the tool.
  • Creating new business opportunities: Many companies find that 5-axis machining increases the types of products and services they can offer to their customers and prospects. This enables them to capture a larger segment of the market and take their entire business operation to a whole new level.


Examples of Common Five-Axis Machining Applications

As many as 60 percent of the parts produced in CNC shops these days require five-sided machining. As such, 5-axis milling and machining services are in high-demand for various applications in a wide range of industries. A primary consumer of 5-axis machining services is the aerospace industry, where machined parts must be designed to conform to the aerodynamic shapes found in most types of aircraft.

5-axis production parts are also key components when manufacturing products for the food processing, pharmaceutical, medical and energy production industries.

Why Make Astro Machine Works Your 5-Axis Machine Shop?

Astro Machine Works is a full-service Pennsylvania 5-axis machine shop that serves the needs of companies across the United States and around the world. We have been in business since 1984 and over the course of more than three decades, we have developed a long list of satisfied customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small startup production shops with a handful of employees. Our many long-term customers remain with us because of our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional value, regardless of project size or scope.

Our ongoing investment in technological and human resources ensures we will always provide the innovative, high-quality services our customers demand. We take pride in being knowledgeable machining specialists you can always count on.

Contact Us to Learn More About Our 5-Axis Machining and Milling Parts Services

Contact Astro Machine Works today to learn more about how our exceptional 5-axis machining services can improve the quality of your parts and the products you sell to your customers. We would be happy to discuss your project details and provide a no-obligation quote for our services.