5-axis machining is unique in its ability to effectively process part sizes and shapes with essentially infinite possibilities. Like 3-axis machines, the cutting tool of a 5-axis machining center moves across the X, Y, and Z linear axes, but also rotates on the A and B axes – allowing the cutting tool to approach components from any direction.
An experienced machinist can achieve incredibly complicated geometries with high precision when using all 5 axes in conjunction. The skilled machinists, operators, and programmers at LAI International are capable of machining complex shapes, and complicated angles – all in one setup.
The ability to machine a component to completion in a single setup not only adds to the precision achieved during machining but also reduces tooling costs, overhead costs, and labor time, resulting in the lowest possible cost per part.
5 axis machining centers eliminate several inadequacies of conventional CNC machining techniques, including multiple setups, part transfers, and inspections; part handling, and errors associated with human involvement/interference.