Using CNC Milling Machines to Form Complex Parts

5-axis CNC machining is one of the most cutting-edge technologies in the industry today. 5-axis CNC machines allow for a much more durable and consistent product than other types of CNC machinery, which often has two or more operating axes. With a 5-axis machine, users can expect high precision, the ability to cut to any desired depth, the ability to make intricate curved cuts, and even the capability to drill into extremely hard and solid materials. This is accomplished by the machine using computer numerical controlled (CNC) software that allows for programmed precision of the machine.

A CNC milling machine provides the user with the ability to precisely machine and create complicated parts. Often times, complex parts such as wheels and axles for wheelchairs and cars are created by a 5-axis CNC machining center. The wheels used in wheelchairs can be made in many different sizes depending on the needs of the individual consumer. Also, cars that have airbags have complex parts that are also made by a 5-axis CNC machine.

Many businesses use 5-axis CNC milling machine setups to create custom setups for different types of parts that are used in a variety of aircraft. Using these machines, companies are able to provide superior performance and unique characteristics for different parts that are used in an airplane, helicopter, landing gear system, engine and so much more. These types of CNC machining setup have allowed companies to make precise, beautiful designs for all sorts of different aircraft applications.

In order to use a 5-axis CNC milling machine setup, you must first select the proper work piece. This is especially important when using CNC machining centers because the spindle arm will not work properly if the joint that the workpiece sits on is too large. When the joint is too small, the CNC machine cannot perform its five-axis functions. If the work piece has a decent fit, the proper amount of force will be applied to the spindle and the work piece will be machined smoothly and evenly.

The next step is to select which type of material to work with. Usually, a material such as carbon fiber, aluminum or steel is used when creating complex parts that are used in aircraft applications. However, there are other materials that can also be used for five-axis cnc machines. The two most popular materials are titanium and acrylic. Each material has different properties when it comes to forming intricate parts because they are used for different applications.

Last but not the least; the material that will be used for the test fixtures should also be selected. Typically, testing pieces are exposed to different environments so it is best to test pieces made from solid materials. Also, solid materials are less likely to be cut, chipped or damaged during operation. This will allow proper performance of the five-axis machining machines.