Multi-axis machining offers many benefits to manufacturers that can harness and implement the capabilities of this technology correctly. Ultimately, it is an effective step toward factory automation, offering the opportunity to condense multiple machine operations into one, saving takt time, total production time, production cost, and improving tolerances.
The efficiencies and benefits offered by multi-axis machining are largely due to reduced set-up times. This decreases burden rate on machine-tool operators who do not have to re-fixture as many parts. Decreasing the number of set-ups also allows manufacturers the opportunity to machine complex shapes in a single step, reducing the potential for operator error and ensuring the accuracy of the finished product.
While traditional three-axis machining may require three or four different machines to produce a finished part, and an operator to conduct the process from one machine to the next, this entire process can be replaced by a single five-axis machine, significantly reducing takt time.
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