Why 5-Axis Machining?

Mal Sudhaker, milling-area manager for GF AgieCharmilles, said there are several reasons that shops are doing more 5-axis machining:

  • Multisided machining capability.
  • Reduced setups.
  • Easy access to all part surfaces for machining.
  • Shops can use stiffer, shorter cutters.
  • Optimized cutting tool use to avoid zero-cutting situations with ballnose end mills.
  • The machining of parts, such as impellers, blades, blisks and those for dental and medical components, that can’t be done on threeaxis machines.
  • Faster machining times because larger diameter cutters can be used for less stepovers.
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