5-Axis, White Paper
October 22, 2012
Dayton, OH – A free white paper detailing how 5-axis machining provides manufacturers the opportunity to reduce production costs and expand their capabilities can be downloaded from the Gosiger Web site.
Also referred to as universal machining, 5-axis machining offers significant ways to increase productivity even for manufacturers who don’t perform simultaneous 5-axis machining. Industry studies indicate that 60% of parts are only machined on 5 sides. By using a 5-axis machining center you can completely machine these parts in one cycle, often without any special fixtures, and with no costly operator intervention. Conversely, a CNC machine tool without 5-axis capability typically requires multiple special fixtures and considerable operator time to move the part from one machine to another and set up the parts in between machining cycles. By eliminating special fixtures and using one 5-axis machine instead of several CNC machine tools, manufacturers significantly reduce operator costs, save valuable floor space and reduce their investment in equipment and maintenance.
Written by Gosiger 5-axis applications engineers with the help of Okuma’s 5-axis product specialist, Kyle Klaver, the 14-page white paper includes a definition of 5-axis machining; an explanation of the various types of 5-axis machines on the market; a discussion of 5-axis programming issues; and cost analyses of 5-axis machining vs. traditional 3- and 4- axis CNC machining.