5 Axis CNC Machining Services
Prototyping & Production
Our 5-Axis Machining Capability
Located in Xiamen China, RpProto provides 5-axis machining services worldwide for complex high-precision parts with short lead times and competitive prices. With dozens of 5-axis CNC milling machines, RpProto is one of the leading 5 axis machining manufacturer in the world.
5-axis CNC machining is ideal for creating complex and precise parts like Automotive parts, Aerospace parts, parts of Medical devices, parts in energy industry, impeller parts, robot parts, etc. Cutting tools of five-axis machines move on 5 axis to cut material into desired shapes. Two rotational axes enable 5 axis machines to machine sloping planes. So 5 axis machines are able to machine solid shapes of unprecedented complexity and tilted surfaces, that cannot be machined efficiently with a conventional three-axis machining center.
Contact our CNC machining experts. We can help you choose from a wide range five axis machining options and help you choose the process that’s best for your project.
Upload your CAD files and provide further project details.
We'll review your design and send you a quotation.
We'll begin the milling process after you accept our quote. We also offer finishing options.
The manufacturing process will be finished very soon, and Your custom parts will be shipped to you.
Application of 5-Axis CNC Machining
5-Axis is best known for its ability to create complex parts, such as turbine blades, propellers, or orthopedic and knee implants. A 5-axis machine allows machinists to machine up to 5 surfaces in one operation. This makes the process very efficient and precise. This also makes it suitable for creating complex structures and functions with minimal setup.
5-axis CNC machining can be used to produce parts utilized in plenty of different industries due to their efficiency and the ability to produce complex shapes. It makes this process increasingly valuable in multiple industries. Here are a few examples of industries that most commonly take advantage of this technology:
Due to the distinctive nature and geometrical complexity of aerospace parts, 5-axis machining is the best available technology. This method reduces the need for cutting head re-fixturing and achieves the highest level of precision. We use5-axis CNC machining to manufacture aircraft propeller parts, aero-engine parts, turbine blades, turbocharger parts, gearbox housing processing, hydraulic system parts, landing gear parts, UAV parts, etc.
Advantages of Five-Axis CNC
The 5-axis CNC machining center is a high-precision machine tool capable of cutting in five directions simultaneously. Compared with the traditional 3-axis or 4-axis CNC machining center, it has the following advantages:
Machine Complex Shapes
By rotating parts, the 5-axis milling process can achieve the desired shapes without requiring complex fixtures. This simplifies the machining operation and reduces the setup time.
With additional rotation, 5 axis machining helps you machine more complex designs and geometries, such as arcs and angles that can only be processed previously through multiple special fixtures.
With a 5-axis CNC machine, one can perform machining operations on five faces of a workpiece at the same time. It enable you to manufacture highly complex parts in a single setup. It eliminate the need for complex jigs.
But conventional three-axis machining may require multiple setups to machine parts with multiple faces.
Accuracy and Quality
Five-axis CNC milling can reduce the use of fixtures, avoid multiple positioning and clamping errors, and ensure the geometric accuracy and surface quality of processed parts.
Five-axis CNC can ensure the best cutting position and direction between the tool and the workpiece surface, reduce tool deformation and wear, and improve machining accuracy.
Reduce Processing Time and Cost
5-axis CNC machining accelerates your products to market at lower cost. Five-axis milling process can be automated in multiple directions at one time, reduce processing steps and tool replacement. It reduces human operations, improves processing efficiency, and reduces labor costs.
The additional axes of 5 axis machine use shorter cutting tools to create desired shapes. With minimal or no vibration, these shorter tools can perform high-speed cutting operations. Lesser vibration reduce the chances of getting “chatter” marks on the product. This way, you can achieve better surface finishes and reduce costs and time of post-processing.
Tolerances for 5-Axis Milling
|0.5 – 6.00 mm
|± 0.05 mm
|6.00 – 30.00 mm
|± 0.10 mm
|30.00 – 120.00 mm
|± 0.15 mm
|120.00 – 400.00 mm
|± 0.20 mm
|400.00 – 1000.00 mm
|± 0.30 mm
|Surface Roughness 3.2μm Ra
With drawing: Tolerance quality equivalent to IT7 can be achieved.
Without drawing: ISO 2768 fine
Example of application of tolerances:
What is 5-Axis CNC Machining?
Five-axis CNC is an efficient, precise and flexible manufacturing method. It can produce complex curved surfaces and complex shape in one clamping. It is suitable for manufacturing in aviation, aerospace, automobile, mold, medical and other fields.
A 5-axis machine has 3 linear axes, 1 rotary and 1 titlt axes. Five-axis CNC control the coordinated movement of the three linear coordinate axes of X, Y, and Z and the two rotating coordinate axes of A and C in real time. Which means it capable process 5 sides of part at the same time and manufacture very complex and accurate parts at a fast pace. Working on a 5-axis machine minimizes setups.
How 5 Axis CNC Machine Works?
“5-axis” means the cutting tool can move in five directions. Five axis machines have 3 linear axis, 1 rotary and 1 tilt axis working at the same time to manufacture parts with complicated shapes. All five axes of 5-Axis CNC Machine are moving at the same time. This usually enables more inclination of the worktable or tool spindly, which enhances the range and motion of the rotation.
A 5-axis CNC machine consists of three linear axes (X, Y, and Z) and two rotary axes (A and B) that can rotate around the X and Y axes respectively. By using a 5-axis CNC machine, operators can reduce the need for manual repositioning of the workpiece, and increase the accuracy and efficiency of the machining process.
Two rotary axes are realized using two rotary tables. The first is attached to the machine table, the second to his first. This allows the workpiece to rotate around two axes at the same time. Alternatively, the rotary axis is built into the machine spindle and headstock. This allows the cutting tool and spindle to be tilted to any axis of rotation. The workpiece therefore remains stationary.
Five-Axis vs. Three-Axis
While three-axis CNC machining is primarily effective for processing planes, five-axis machining is better suited for complex surfaces.
The cost of machining is less expensive with five-axis machines than with their three-axis counterparts because they need fewer clamps and no special fixture.
You should be aware, though, that programming for the five-axis technology is much more difficult than for three-axis machining.