Productive and profitable, 5-axis machines are becoming an essential engine for simple and complex manufacturing. Cut cycle times and make tough part-making easier. See how in our infographic.

Are you on the fence about 5-axis CNC machines? Dive into the details of our infographic to discover how and why they open up a whole new world of manufacturing options and time-saving opportunities.

The throughput and accuracy that is possible on 5-axis machines are difficult to argue against. For those shops looking for new, profitable areas of work, these powerhouse machines offer precision combined with speed—and enable success for many of today’s automotive, aerospace and medical-parts makers.

Do more machine axes automatically mean more parts will be built in less time? Not necessarily right out of the gate. Like anything that is new, expect a learning curve. Undoubtedly, there is more upfront simulation, testing and trial and error than you may be used to, so preparation and testing are key—as well as the need for machinists with strong programming aptitude and experience.

But with the right training and practice, it’s hard to deny the productivity of these machines. Case in point: Sirris Manufacturing was tasked to help cut hefty 10-week lead times in the automotive industry for gearbox parts. The time-to-market for new cars and trucks is expected to move to 36 months from 48 months. Sirris cut lead times roughly 2700 percent by using an “alternating milling strategy in which first the left flanks and then the right flanks were machined,” it notes in published research. But due to pitch errors, it had to use a more nuanced tool-wear strategy to produce a quality part.

Sirris found greater accuracy and efficiencies using techniques available with the flexibility of a 5-axis machine. “[A]ctive compensation of the tool wear is required, which was only possible using a 5-axis strategy combined with a straight endmill. Combined with a tool cleaning operation, measuring and compensating after every flank allowed for the fabrication of a ground quality gear in 24 hours, which implies that instead of 10 weeks lead time, now only a few days are sufficient.”

Here are the top reasons why 5-axis machines are so powerful.


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One of my professors at college talked about 5 axis machines, and how they are helpful, but I wanted to investigate more about them. It's interesting to know that 5 axis machines can cut parts on all sides as fast and accurately as possible. I could imagine that if I ever needed to work with 5 axis machines I will look for a service provider.


Hey, I would like to add one more reason to adopt 5-axis machining is better for complex parts. If your requirement is for precision machined parts such as it is in the aerospace industry where unusual geometries are required, then 5 axis is for you.


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