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What is 5-Axis CNC Machining?

5-axis CNC machining is a groundbreaking method in manufacturing that allows for the creation of exact and complex parts. This technology uses computer numerical control (CNC) to simultaneously direct machine tools along five axes. This multi-directional approach enables the machining of complex shapes and designs that would be virtually impossible using traditional manufacturing methods.

Unlike 3 or 4-axis machining, which are confined to movements on X, Y, Z planes and one-axis rotation, 5-axis CNC machining adds two more rotational directions. This means the machine can move left/right, up/down, forward/backward, and even rotate around the X and Y axes all at once, providing more flexibility and precision by reaching the workpiece from any angle.

5-axis CNC machining is a sophisticated technology that delivers unparalleled precision, complex geometries, and a competitive edge to businesses across a multitude of industries.

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Advantages of 5-Axis CNC Machining

With 5-axis CNC machining, You can receive parts made with extreme precision. The technology can handle intricate designs with a tolerance of up to ±0.005mm, ensuring high-quality results for your complex projects.

5-axis CNC machining allows us to make uniquely shaped parts that other methods can’t. This gives you more design and function options for your product.

The one-setup process of 5-axis CNC machining means your parts can be completed faster and with fewer potential errors. This efficiency can shorten production schedules and reduce the time-to-market of your products.

With reduced lead times, You can respond swiftly to market demands and maintain a competitive edge. Whether meeting a tight schedule or scaling up production quickly, 5-axis CNC machining is up to the task.

Despite a higher initial cost, the long-term benefits of 5-axis CNC machining can lead to significant cost savings. Fewer setups, reduced waste, and quicker delivery all contribute to a more economical production process.

Comparative Analysis: 5-Axis versus 3+2 Axis CNC Machining

5-axis CNC machining and 3+2 axis CNC machining offer complex, multi-angle machining capabilities, but they differ in their operational characteristics and final output.

In 5-axis machining, the cutting tool moves across the X, Y, and Z linear axes and rotates on the A and B axes to approach the workpiece from any direction. The simultaneous movement of all five axes allows complex geometries and intricate designs to be machined in a single setup. This machining process significantly reduces the production time and enhances the accuracy and consistency of parts.

In 3+2 axis machining, the machine operates on the X, Y, and Z axes like a 3-axis machine, with two additional rotational axes that reposition the workpiece in-between machining operations rather than during machining. While it can also produce complex parts and reduces the need for multiple setups, the “3+2” system is typically slower than true 5-axis machining because the cutting tool is not moving on all five axes simultaneously.

Comparative Analysis of 3-Axis, 4-Axis, and 5-Axis CNC Machining Features

3-Axis CNC
4-Axis CNC
5-Axis CNC
Degrees of Freedom
Moves in X, Y, Z axes
Adds rotation around X or Y axis
Adds rotation around X and Y axes
Complexity of Shapes
Limited to geometric shapes
Can create more complex shapes
Can create highly complex shapes
Setup Times
Multiple setups may be needed for complex parts
Usually less than 3-axis as one more side of a part can be machined
Single setup due to simultaneous multi-axis movement, saves time
Surface Finish
Good, depends on setups
Better, due to less setups
Best, continuous tool-path movement, less scalloping
Tool Access & Collision
Potential limitations due to tool geometry
Improved access over 3-axis
Best access and collision avoidance
Lowest among the three due to simpler mechanics
Moderately higher due to additional axis
Highest, due to complex mechanics and software

Note: The choice between 3, 4, and 5 axis CNC machining depends on several factors, including the complexity of the part, required precision, production volume, and cost constraints.

Materials for 5-Axis CNC Machining

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Aluminum is lightweight, with good strength-to-weight ratio, excellent machinability, and thermal conductivity. It's cost-effective and easily recyclable. However, in CNC machining, aluminum's softness can cause tooling issues, and its thermal conductivity may necessitate careful heat management. It also has lower tensile strength compared to some other metals.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is robust, corrosion-resistant, and has high tensile strength, making it suitable for demanding applications. It withstands high temperatures well. In CNC machining, however, it's harder and more abrasive, which can lead to faster tool wear. Moreover, stainless steel's work hardening properties require careful feed rates and cutting speeds.

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Alloy Steel

Alloy steel, noted for its strength and toughness, offers wear resistance and varied hardness based on alloying elements. It's adaptable for diverse applications. However, in CNC machining, its hard nature can stress tools and machining processes, necessitating careful planning. Its diversity in composition can also complicate consistent machining performance.

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Copper is highly conductive, both thermally and electrically, with good corrosion resistance, making it ideal for electrical components. However, its softness and malleability can cause difficulties in CNC machining. Copper often causes tool wear, has a tendency to stick to cutting tools, and requires slower feed rates.

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Brass is a corrosion-resistant alloy with good thermal conductivity and aesthetic appeal. In CNC machining, brass is desirable for its easy machinability, making it a cost-effective choice for intricate designs. However, its lower strength and hardness compared to steel limit its usage in high-stress applications.

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Titanium offers high strength, light weight, and exceptional corrosion resistance, ideal for aerospace and medical applications. However, in CNC machining, its hard nature leads to rapid tool wear, and its low thermal conductivity can cause heat concentration, requiring careful control of machining parameters and coolant usage.

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POM, or polyoxymethylene, is known for high stiffness, low friction, and excellent dimensional stability, making it suitable for precision parts. In CNC machining, POM is easy to machine but tends to generate chips and requires proper ventilation due to potentially harmful fumes. It's also less heat-resistant than some other plastics.

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PEEK, or polyether ether ketone, is a high-performance plastic known for its high temperature resistance, excellent mechanical properties, and chemical resistance. However, in CNC machining, PEEK's hard and abrasive nature can cause tool wear. It requires precise machining parameters and may be more costly compared to other plastics.

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Ceramics are hard, heat-resistant, and offer electrical insulation, making them suitable for many applications. However, in CNC machining, their extreme hardness and brittleness can cause tool wear and present difficulties in maintaining precision. Special machining techniques, such as grinding, are often required, increasing cost and complexity.

Industries AT-Machining serve

For over a decade and a half, we’ve been delivering superior, on-demand manufacturing services to various industries globally, consistently meeting their diverse needs with our optimized and flexible solutions.

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Marine Industry
Green Energy
oil & gas
Oil & Gas
military industry
Military Industry

Why Choose AT-Machining as your partner


Extensive Expertise

AT-Machining boasts an assortment of 5-axis CNC machinery and techniques. Our team of engineers can suggest the most suitable 5-axis CNC machining solutions tailored to your financial constraints.

Precision & Flexibility

Our manufacturing unit is designed for optimal efficiency, reducing material waste and ensuring speedy yet accurate results. AT-Machining is capable of maintaining a stringent tolerance of +/-0.002mm for components with intricate shapes.

One-Stop Solution

Our CNC operations are hosted in a contemporary facility, equipped with more than 50 top-tier 5-axis CNC machines. AT-Machining is proficient in undertaking the most intricate CNC machining parts customization, delivering results in as swift as 5 days.

Quality & Refund Assurance

Our thorough evaluation and testing ensure that you consistently receive flawless components. Nonetheless, should there be any discovered defect, we are committed to either refunding or redoing your order.

Saving Your Cost

Through diligent efforts across all processing aspects, our engineering team's strategies can precisely curtail your costs, achieving a reduction between 30%-50%.

Material Expert

AT-Machining is not only specialized in machining technology, but we are also dedicated to research and experimentation with new materials, becoming a material specialist in the CNC machining industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

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NO! – No minimum quantity! AT Machining provides rapid prototypes and short to medium-run production machining services.

For the 3D drawing, we would prefer STEP, IGES, or X_T format.
For the 2D drawing, we would prefer PDF format there are tolerances with the dimensions if possible.

AT Machining accepts payment in two ways:

1. Bank to bank wire transfer
2. PayPal

General CNC Machining Tolerances on metal to +/- 0.005″ (+/- 0.127 mm) following ISO 2768 unless otherwise specified. CNC Plastics and composites will be +/- 0.010”(+/- 0.254 mm).

CNC Precision Machining Tolerances down to ±.0002″ (0.005mm).
AT can manufacture and inspect to tight tolerances per your drawing specifications.

Lead times are 2 to 3 weeks for prototypes and 4 weeks for production runs. Emergency and rush services are available.

Our Happy Clients!

Working with AT-Machining has transformed our production process. Their expertise in 3 to 5-axis CNC milling and turning is unmatched, delivering precise components consistently. The precision, up to +/- 0.0002 in, surpasses our expectations and enhances the quality of our final product.

Dennis J.

Purchasing manager

AT-Machining’s commitment to excellence and versatility in machining both metal and plastic materials is truly impressive. They serve as an essential partner in the production chain of our automotive products, handling everything from prototyping to mass-production with unparalleled efficiency.

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Marc Bos

Production Manager

We are in the medical industry where precision and quality are of utmost importance. AT-Machining has provided exceptional CNC services for us, going the extra mile with their secondary services like metal finishing and heat treating. Their work has undeniably elevated our product standards.

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Daniel Turner

Mechanical engineer

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