Before understanding 5 axis CNC machining, you’ll have to understand what a normal 2 axis and 3 axis CNC machining is.
A 2 axis CNC machining system has the ability to modify objects on a plane. This plane has only two coordinate systems, the x and the y axis.
Objects can be moved on a plane. If the plane is upright then an object can be modified top to bottom and left and right or forward and backward.
On a 3 axis CNC machine, an object can be modified in space. It can be modified, left and right, top to bottom, and forward and back. You may be wondering, isn’t a 3 axis CNC machine enough to handle any given object.
If you want to pursue a career in precision CNC machining then the future is bright for you. There are so many applications of precision CNC machining in the world today. From electronics to the arts, such precision is demanded from the professional.
If you are doing CNC machining as a hobby right now then you might want to consider taking your hobby to another level. You may want to be more precise and be more specialized with what you do. If you are in the CNC machining business already and are looking for an extra service then precision CNC machining may be your next stream of revenue.
Precision CNC machining is all about paying attention to the details. It is about paying attention to the details at the micron level. If you think that you have made a big mistake by being half a centimetre off in your wood carvings then you should think again. Typically, this type of machining can only tolerate up to several microns of error.
We are not talking about centimetres here but errors in the microscopic level already. Your eyes aren’t sharp enough to see the errors committed in this level. Any more errors that exceed the tolerable micron level are considered dull already.
It will not be precision CNC machining anymore but rather, the normal CNC machining.
CNC machining has so many applications and uses. You can’t even enumerate all of them. After understanding the five steps of the CNC machining process, you can now move on to applying them. If you are a hobbyist or if you are doing CNC machining for a living then you can expect a lot of exciting projects in such field.
There is never a dull day in the workshop. If your mind is always working then you can expect your workshop to be an entertaining place all the time.
So what can be done with CNC machining technology anyway? Projects that can be done will either fall under something functional or something artistic.
The final stage in the CNC machining process is the machining itself. CNC machining is basically the manual machining activity. This is the part where actual machination happens.
This is when the holes are drilled in objects. This is where art is carved onto a block of wood. This is the where the actual transformation of an object happens. It is when raw material is turned into a finished product.
The CNC machine is controlled by a computer. The CNC controller dictates the instructions that the actual machine has to perform. The actual machine may be a plasma cutter, a wood cutter, tube bender, or a carver.
These machines are following specific instructions from a computer down to the last detail. The exact measurements from the width, height, location, and so on and so forth are all put into action by the machine based on the CNC machining computer’s instructions.