If you have questions about creating sturdy parts using CNC Machining, you’ve come to the right place. Our quick guide will help you understand the advantages of 5-axis CNC machining so you can get started on your next part.
CNC (computer numerical control) Machining is a means to remove material using high speed, precision machines that use a wide variety of cutting tools to create the final design.
There are three main types of CNC machines: vertical milling machines, horizontal milling machines, and lathes.
To successfully make a part on a CNC Machine, programs dictate tool movement. The programmed instructions given to the CNC machine are encoded using CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software in conjunction with the CAD (computer aided design) file uploaded to the Xometry quote page.
The picture illustrates a part being rotated so that the tool remains tangential to the part. 5 of the 6 faces can be machined with one setup saving you time and money on your part. The CAD model is loaded into the CAM software and tool paths are created based on the required geometry of the manufactured part. Once the tool paths are determined, the CAM software creates machine code that instructs the machine as to how fast to move, how fast to turn the stock and/or tool, and the location to move in a 5-axis X, Y, Z, A and B coordinate system.
5-axis machining means that the mill and the part can be moved in up to 5 ways simultaneously around multiple axes. Xometry’s 5-axis machining capabilities allow complex parts to be manufactured in the most cost-effective manner.
Here are four main advantages: