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What Is 5-Axis CNC Machining?
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What Is 5-Axis CNC Machining?

Previously on our steering column blog, we dove into the topic of CNC machining. In a few words, it’s commercial machining with the help of a computer program. It gives off-road steering column producers and beyond the opportunity for enhanced productivity and worker safety; in other words, it’s revolutionizing the way that the field works!

But we’ve only scratched the surface of this fascinating topic. CNC Machining can be further divided into subtypes that have their own specializations and perks. Below, we discuss one of these types: 5-axis CNC Machining: what it is and what benefits it brings to the commercial machining process.

What Is a 5-Axis CNC Machine?

In many ways, 5-axis CNC machines are no different than any other CNC machine. They both use software and a skilled human operator to complete the job at hand. But 5-Axis CNC machines come with one important leg-up on their competition: a far better reach.

Laguna Tools, which makes such machines for woodworking applications, explains it this way: “On a 5-axis machining center, the cutting tool moves across the X, Y, and Z linear axes just like any 3-axis CNC. But it also rotates on the A and B axes to approach the workpiece from any direction. As a result, you can machine five sides of a part with one setup.”

Why Use a 5-Axis CNC Machine?

As far as commercial machining pros go it makes their job safer, just like other CNC machining apparatuses do. It allows them to keep their hands further away from the action and their bodies safely protected behind a screen. But 5-axis CNC machines also bring big benefits as far as efficiency goes. Because a commercial machining pro can work on five sides of a piece at once, there's little need to halt the process for repositioning.

They may take a bit of work to program and learn how to use, but once a worker gets there, few machines can do the same job faster.

The Customer Benefits of a 5-Axis CNC Machine

If you’re in the market for commercial machining services, you’d be wise to look into companies who have mastered this technology. They can take advantage of its speed to bring you the fast turnaround times you deserve, while also safely navigating the tech’s complexities. Just like other CNC equipment, too, it also increases the quality of your results because the process is much more standardized than it would be by hand

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