What is 5-axis CNC Machining?

ï‚·It might sound odd, but if the Renaissance artist could have traded his hammer and chisel for a computer numerical control (CNC) and the right machine tools, we could have had thousands of statues of David carved from a host of different materials. ï‚·If you`re still in doubt about describing 5-axis machining as an art, click here or here. ï‚·Whether you`re sculpting a masterpiece from marble or milling a blisk from titanium, the basic principle is the same: start with a block of material and remove the unnecessary bits until the target object is all that`s left. Of course, the details of that process are much more complicated, especially for 5-axis machining. In the simplest terms, 5-axis machining involves using a CNC to move a part or cutting tool along five different axes simultaneously. This enables the machining of very complex parts, which is why 5-axis is especially popular for aerospace applications. However, several factors have contributed to the wider adoption of 5-axis machining. These include: ï‚·1)A push toward single-setup machining (sometimes referred to as [Done-in-One") to reduce lead time and increase efficiency ï‚·2)The ability to avoid collision with the tool holder by tilting the cutting tool or the table, which also allows better access to part geometry ï‚·3)Improved tool life and cycle time as a result of tilting the tool/table to maintain optimum cutting position and constant chip load

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