Choosing the Best 5 Axis Machining Center

Posted on May 28, 2020

5 Axis Machining Center

Choosing the best 5 axis CNC machining center is like choosing a new car. There are many things to consider, and the most important of which is to find something that matches your production needs. Other factors entail taking into account company's business model, customer type, market trends, technical level, and production line arrangement.

What Needs to Be Considered?

In this article, we will discuss some of the selection factors so that you will be able to choose the best unit. Do note that this article is only meant to give readers some basic insights on how to go about choosing your unit, so you won't be seeing too much information with regard to technical details. Hopefully, every business owner who looks for the most suitable 5-axis machining center or other metal processing machine model will eventually find the best unit that can meet the machining needs and achieve the best productivity for the production line.


Business Model & Customer Types

The company's business model determines how they produce products as well as inspection, quality control, and other content. These are also related to the customer's order requirements, which is also the final quality and quantity that business owners must keep up with.
For those who need mass production in small quantities, traditional machining centers, milling centers, and even milling machines are sufficient to meet this processing demand. The basic production model is relatively stagnant, with no other complex changes or flexible modifications. In this type of production model, it is important to pay attention to the durability and maintenance of machine maintenance provided by machinery suppliers. In the eternal mode, the machine may operate in 24-7 shifts through a three-shift system. In this case, it is expected that the production line will continue to run, and it is not allowed to shut down the machine or shut down the production line details. This may have a serious impact on the ongoing, semi-finished products, and will ultimately jeopardize the profit of the business owner. When the business owner chooses his 5-axis machining center, the way to keep it running and how to repair various technical problems are the key problems for the business owner.
On the other hand, if you have a small number of production lines but various types, auxiliary equipment is very important for business owners. For example, turntables, robotic arms, power turrets, movable tools, automatic ball changers, automatic tool changers, tool magazines, indexing mechanisms, chip conveyors, and many other supporting but essential components. Once the situation requires greater flexibility in production behavior, they can provide greater flexibility for production lines and field operators. In addition, they should also have clear contact with machinery suppliers (whether manufacturers, local agents or distributors). Please ensure that if the customer changes the order specification, the supplier can also use their machine to provide immediate support for the entire production line, even the production site or factory.

:: Read more : What is 5 axis cnc machining and why do you need it?


Market Trends & Technological level

Five axis CNC machining centers are the same as other machines, such as lathes and milling machines. The industry is constantly evolving, so models are always changing. Today, whether vertical or horizontal, most 5 axis CNC machining centers are designed for automatic control and operated by CNC systems.
The ordinary automatic five-axis machining center has many machining requirements. For example, the feeding of workpiece materials, the rotation of workpieces, the removal of finished products, and the delivery and subsequent transfer of final products. These are used as a standard technical basis in production conditions. If these things are to be done by humans, it is simply not feasible to assign an on-site machine tool operator for corresponding 5 axis machines manual operation because of many issues.
Therefore, through this design, an operator can feed and unload many automatic 5-axis machining centers in an efficient manner during working hours, and some automatic 5-axis machining centers rely on CNC systems to complete. Not only can it cut faster, but it can also make the cutting more accurate and eventually perform more complex cutting tasks.

In addition, some automatic 5 axis CNC machining centers that rely on CNC cannot only operate faster, but also perform cutting in a more precise manner. Eventually, perform complex profiling tasks. As a result, most modern metal processing machines are equipped with CNC controllers to meet the requirements and standards for machining in today's market. However, some CNC-type milling machines or sawing machines are also very popular in a certain workshop or home applications. If you do not consider the precise quantity of production results, it is relatively practical and reasonable in terms of price and application.



Concerns and considerations on how to make the best choice in the purchase of 5 axis machines are just like what we said about vehicle purchases. The most important considerations are budget, driving habits, road conditions, commuting length, etc. The best car may be beautiful, and a jeep may be good at climbing mountains. All these conditions should be considered by the user, the same as the 5 axis machines purchase. The first thing to consider is the business model, order type, shift schedule, accuracy level, accuracy standard, and many other complex conditions.


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