5-axis CNC mills are the ideal CNC mills for CNC machining operations, which are repetitive, precision engineered machines that are built on solid casting CNC machines. They can be used for a variety of CNC machine applications such as metal fabrication, metal stamping, die cutting, tooling, die setting, tooling and laminating, in addition to many other process applications. The technology and capabilities of these types of machines have grown steadily over the past years, and they have now become the industry standard for precision engineered CNC machines. 5-axis CNC mills offer the advantages of a smaller, more compact form factor, and a greater amount of desktop space than their traditional self-contained counterparts. This permits users to take advantage of desktop based power and thermal options, along with an endless array of programmable features.
For many applications, a CNC milling machine offers the benefits of a larger tool area and more flexibility. With a five-axis machine, users are able to operate in an assortment of operating environments, from desktop operation to CNC operations with large format cutters. Some applications include milling, routing, welding and also direct material imporation curing. The new, versatile architecture of today’s five-axis machines allows for a greater number of operations, including: EDM operation, plasma cutting, gas tungsten arc, abrasive material curing, wire feed and also direct material engraving.
Many of the applications and benefits of today’s modern 5-axis CNC mills are possible with software programs. With the implementation of computer numerical control (CNC) technology into these machines, designers are able to quickly and easily fine tune the specifics of complicated parts. Using CAD software, the CNC machine can quickly and efficiently generate the necessary parts needed for intricate or complicated manufacturing parts. Because these types of machines are able to work with a wide variety of material, even though they are meant for use with metals only, they can also work with wood, ceramics or plastics, making them ideal for complex parts such as jewelry making.
Due to their advanced functionality, the newer models of these machines also offer a number of high-tech accessories. These accessories enable these machines to operate at higher efficiency and output, including: programmable logic controls (PLC), high speed communication channels (HSCHPs), high capacity motors, as well as automated programming systems, which are capable of loading and unloading your machine on its own. In addition, most of the CNC milling machine models also have automatic software programming terminals, in order to allow you to quickly and accurately retrain your machine in the event that it becomes erroneous. This not only makes the CNC machines more versatile but also ensures that your production is running at its peak level.
As previously mentioned, the CNC milling machine is made up of many different pieces. The primary pieces are: the spindle, the table, the CNC spindle head, and the CNC lathe. The spindle is what creates the actual motion inside the machine. Typically, the spindle will be attached directly to a machine shop table; however, in some cases you will need to have additional equipment such as a lathe, if the machine does not come with a table. Once the spindle is installed inside of your production area, the next piece of equipment would be the table. Each of the axis on the 5-axis CNC machines can be adjusted individually – usually by turning a knob – to move the piece in specific directions, thus giving you complete control over the way that your product moves.
Finally, the last piece of equipment required to operate your own CNC milling machine is the head-type CNC lathe. The lathe may either come as stand alone units, or may be part of a larger set of CNC machines, such as a CNC table or CNC spindle head. Regardless of the type of head-type machine that you purchase, the process of turning parts is not as complex as with the stand-alone machines. In turn, this means that your new piece of equipment will be able to quickly and accurately produce not only one but a multitude of identical products.