When high precision 5-axis CNC machines became industry standard, such machines were hailed as the pinnacle of CNC design. As the 3-axis CNC milling machine gave way to the DMG 5-axis CNC milling machine, so too is the 5-axis superseded by Pazmac’s DMG Mori Seiki mill-turn work centres—optimizing efficiency and accuracy with up to 9 axis. As one of Pazmac’s core competencies, complex multi-axis CNC milling and CNC turning represents the height of efficient and effective machining as it concerns todays’ demand for high tech components and from high tech materials. The comprehensive benefits of Pazmac’s high precision CNC machining capabilities can be understood by way of three key advantages, summarized here as follows.
More is More: Multi-Axis CNC Milling Machines
In order to recognize the potential created by utilization of a 7 or 9-axis CNC milling machine, it’s simplest to contrast the use value of the movement combinations of 7 or 9 axis machines with those of a standard 5-axis milling machine. The 5-axis CNC milling machine, which remains industry standard, operates with three linear axes. These axes are called X, Y, and Z; the final two axes are rotational (A & B), and are related to the movement of the table upon which the workpiece sits. The standardization of 5-axis CNC milling machines revolutionized CNC machining by bringing about a new era of efficiency and reliable high quality in the creation of complicated shapes in a variety of challenging materials. With the addition of only two axes to the original 3-axis setup, machining became faster, more accurate, and required less intervention as it needed fewer setups. The further augmentation of the functional axis has only enhanced the capabilities of machining platforms.
Done in One: Unprecedented Efficiency
Our team considers the greatest strength in 7- or 9-axis machining to lie in its many efficiencies. “In fact,” says Tim Walls, President of Pazmac Enterprises Ltd., “multi-axis machining is often the only realistic option for producing many of today’s complex components.” There are simply no other tools that can create such complex contours at such speed, accuracy, and with such challenging materials. Less time spent changing setups for a project (and mitigating or fixing any errors) keeps the cost of the product under control. “Projects which make use of a “Done in One” setup significantly reduce the potential for processing errors,” says Walls. These efficiencies intersect: fewer setups means less time, fewer errors, and a better use of materials. All of this translates to consistent high quality parts, delivered on time.
Pazmac’s Multi-axis CNC Machining : A Reliable Collaborative Supplier
In the spirit of being a reliable collaborative supplier, Pazmac has built its core competencies around CNC technologies to support customer requirements. For example, Pazmac recently undertook a challenging project that demonstrated how powerful and versatile these tools can be. “We want people to realize how integral this technology is when it comes to efficient, cost controlled, and highly repeatable components,” says Walls. “For example, using our DMG Mori Seiki Multi-Axis work centres, we recently completed an extremely complex component made from an advanced alloy with over 300 unique features.” “When the parts are complete, Pazmac utilizes advanced Zeiss CMM machines to validate the accuracy to our customer’s specifications,” says Walls. “These tools are the pinnacle of the machining world, and our team is very pleased to offer this capability to our clients.”
If you have any questions about the benefits of precision high CNC machining (and how Pazmac could help provide a customized solution for your high tech part), please don’t hesitate to give us a call—we’d love to chat.