The Benefits of Multi-Axis Machining

Innovations in the field of manufacturing have made its various processes much more efficient. The integration of computers and more complex machines has revolutionized machining and manufacturing.

Previously machines typically only worked on three axes. But the rise of multi-axis machining has led to machines that can cut, sculpt and shape medal on anywhere from four to 12 axes. When you combine multi-axis machines with the use of computers, you now have computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, which are also know as multi-axis CNC machines. Multi-axis machining has numerous benefits—we’ll look at a few of them below.

Intricate designs made easy

Multi-axis machines can work on more than just the X, Y and Z axes, allowing them to craft complicated shapes much more easily than traditional machines. Traditional 3-axis machines required the operator to use special setups or certain fixtures to construct sophisticated patterns. Multi-axis CNC machines can make this process more economical.

Increased accuracy

In addition to being able to form complex shapes conveniently, multi-axis machines are also more accurate than traditional 3-axis machines. This is because with their increased range of movement, they can cut or sculpt any surface other than the clamped or bottom portion. They also require fewer setups. This matters because constantly having to set and reset the machine introduces the human element to the process, which can often lead to errors.

Quicker and more cost effective

Because your machinists won’t have to constantly keep changing the setups, multi-axis CNC machines can precisely craft and manufacture parts much faster than traditional 3-axis machines. Using multi-axis machining means your machinists can create more parts in a tighter timespan, and that means they’re getting more work done. As a result, your machine shop is producing more parts in a shorter amount of time, which means a multi-axis machine would be great for your bottom line.

Better tool longevity

With traditional 3-axis machines, the tools used to perform the actual cutting tend to wear out quickly. This not only slows down production, but can make the cuts less accurate. A multi-axis machine allows for the tool or table to be tilted to provide the best possible angle for each cut. It can also be programmed to use different parts of each blade to extend the lifespan of the cutting tool as long as possible.

Superior surface finish

The increased maneuverability of a multi-axis machine allows it to get much closer to the surface it’s cutting. This means the operative cutting tool can be made shorter. This is an advantage because a shorter cutting tool is less prone to vibration when running at high speeds. Less vibration means more precision when using the cutting tool to craft a surface finish. This can reduce the amount of time that’s needed to finish the part’s surface by hand.

Call for your multi-axis machining needs today

As you can see, there are numerous benefits to using multi-axis machines in lieu of traditional 3-axis machines. For all your manufacturing and production needs, give us a call at Evden Enterprises. We’re a leading authority when it comes to multi-axis CNC machining, and we’re dedicated to making your machine shop more dynamic and profitable.