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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. Since it can modify an object in space then it must be able to transform an object at any given point. All this is correct but there is still a need for 5 axis CNC machining. Why?

5-axis machining provides infinite possibilities as to the part sizes and shapes you can effectively process. The term “5-axis” refers to the number of directions in which the cutting tool can move. On a 5-axis turning center, the cutting tool moves across the X, Y and Z linear axes as well as rotates on the B and C axes to approach the workpiece from any direction. In other words, you can process five sides of a part in a single setup. Essentially, our Mazak 5 axis CNC machines are a combination of a CNC Milling Machine and CNC Turning Machine in one.

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5-Axis Machining Benefits

  • Machine complex shapes in a single setup for increased productivity & accuracy
  • Save time and money with less fixture preparation
  • Shorter lead times
  • Higher part accuracy because the workpiece does not move across multiple workstations
  • Ability to use shorter cutting tools for higher cutting speeds and less tool vibrations
  • Achieve superior surface finishes and overall better part quality


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