Why Should I Use a 5-Axis Machining Center?

Why Should I Consider a 5 Axis Machining Center for My Parts?

Why Should I Consider a 5-Axis Machining Center for My Parts?

Very few CNC machine shops invest in a 5-axis machining center.  For one thing, most machined parts do not strictly require fabrication in five axes.  Furthermore, one survey indicates that only 14% of operators and machinists possess the skills to program and operate these machines. 5 axis machining is not just for rare, detailed pieces. Nor just for mission-critical applications. Here are some reasons we invested in a 5-axis machining center.  So why should you consider using this technology in your own fabrication?

More Axes Mean Fewer Setups. 

The ability to rotate the piece itself along two axes means that nearly every surface is now accessible. It also means they don’t need an operator physically moving the piece. Less human intervention means fewer opportunities for human error. While also reducing labor costs.

More Axes Mean Better Quality.  

Have you ever settled for a poor surface finish because of the limits of your current CNC technology? 5-axis machining can greatly improve surface consistency and appearance. Thus reducing or even eliminating cleanup and finishing work.

A Simplified Manufacturing Process Takes Less Time to Perform.  

In a case study, a milling operation took 2 1/2 hours. 5-axis machining reduced the time down to just 20 minutes! This will increase your bottom line by:

  • Reducing error
  • Increasing accuracy
  • Eliminating labor and steps

Plus, time is money—the 5-axis fabrication process is almost always faster, resulting in additional cost savings. Orders that are rushed are completed in less time, with less cost and waste.

We invested in this capability for the same reason we put “Precision” in our name. We demand quality and efficiency because you do—your business, like ours, depends on it.  As your business grows, we want to remain a dependable partner, and investing in 5-axis technology is one way we can be prepared for anything, while also improving what we already do. Whether the complexity of your parts demand 5-axis machining, or you just want to find out what efficiencies can be brought to your existing fabrications, contact us for a free consultation.