When complex or intricate multi-sided parts are needed, 5-axis machining can make a difference in the manufacturing process. This holds true for all types of industries in the manufacturing sector, including: medical, pharmaceutical, energy, aerospace, food processing, government, electronics, packaging, general manufacturing, and more. 5-axis machining is used for parts that require precise rotational machining, such as turbines and impellers, where contoured surfaces can be transitioned easier to produce parts of the highest quality; a quality level that can’t be reached with 3-axis machining.
Here are some of the differences between 3-axis machining versus 5-axis machining: a traditional 3-axis machining system may require multiple setups and additional preparation for complex parts. The 3-axis machining system moves across the X, Y and Z axes and only offers lateral and vertical movement; however, 5-axis machining adds rotation on the A and B axes, while providing movement across the X, Y and Z axes. This allows a piece to be machined from all different angles in a single setup. Other differences between 5-axis machining versus 3-axis machining include:
- 5-axis machining systems machine complex shapes faster.
- The end products boast a higher degree of accuracy.
- Ability to access hard-to-reach places much more easily.
- Leads to shorter production time and quick turnaround.
- Feature a high-capacity table that rotates faster and can easily handle heavier parts.
- Creates smoother, higher quality surface finishes.
With that brief review in mind, we are pleased to announce the latest addition to our 5-axis machining family! The INTEGREX i-400 is an advanced multitasking machine from Mazak, delivering maximum versatility, high precision, and the wherewithal for medium to large complex parts. With a high-powered turning center, and full-functioning machining center, this system can produce parts in a single setup. Think about the benefits of minimizing fixtures, tools, handling, and non-cut time! With the dramatic reduction in lead-time and improved part accuracy, this purchase is a no-brainer.
In recent years, 5-axis machining has enhanced our capabilities. We provide just about every industry out there with custom machine building, fabricating, machining and milling services. Visit our website to learn more about our company and about our 5-axis machining and milling capabilities. Or give us a call at 717.738.4281 and we’d be happy to tell you more!