Multi-axis computer numerical control (CNC) machining employs advanced machining equipment and tooling that accommodates motion in four or more directions to facilitate the manufacture of precision parts with complex geometries. Compared to other machining techniques, the process offers greater manufacturing flexibility and tighter tolerances due to its ability to process multiple part sections with a single machine setup.
At Hogge Precision Parts, we offer a wide range of multi-axis machining services. Equipped with state-of-the-art CNC multi-axis turning centers and vertical and horizontal machining centers, our expert team has the tools needed to meet all of our customers’ machining needs.
When Should I Use Multi-Axis CNC Machining?
Multi-axis machining is a highly versatile manufacturing process suitable for use in a variety of industrial and commercial projects. It is particularly useful for the following machining needs:
1. Machined Parts with Medium to Complex Geometry
Some industries—such as aerospace, automotive, medical, mold and die, and oil and gas—employ parts and products with highly complex shapes, geometries, and surfaces. The manufacture of these components—e.g., impellers, turbines, and steering parts—necessitates the use of multi-axis machining as the process accommodates machining operations on 4-5 axes and can produce the highly specific part angles necessary.
2. Flexible Engineering Solutions
The versatility of the multi-axis machining process makes it well-suited for use in industries that require design flexibility, such as aerospace and mold and die manufacturing. In these industries, design engineers need to create parts and products to suit highly complex systems and applications. Multi-axis machining provides them with a manufacturing solution that can accommodate these more complicated designs.
3. Low-Volume, High-Mix Production
Many industries are turning away from large volume production orders to repeat orders of smaller quantities. Multi-axis CNC machining lends itself to this business practice as parts can be produced quickly to meet changing customer demand reducing the risk of excessive inventory.
4. High Precision, Accuracy, and/or Complexity Workpieces
The multi-axis machining process is ideal for industries that require high-precision, high-complexity parts, such as the aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical, and semiconductor industries. It can produce durable parts that meet high quality, accuracy, and performance standards. The use of computerized controls and tooling ensures that the parts produced fit the required specifications and remain consistent from one piece to the next and between batches.
5. Projects Requiring Reduced Lead Times and Improved Efficiency
Some machining projects have tighter time constraints or more thorough efficiency requirements than others. As the multi-axis CNC machining process can perform multiple operations with a single setup, it can significantly reduce downtime and improve overall lead time.
Benefits of Using Multi-Axis CNC Machining
Compared to other machining and manufacturing processes, the multi-axis CNC machining process offers a broad range of benefits, such as:
- Faster manufacturing operations
- Lower manual labor costs
- Reduced material waste/usage
- Greater precision, accuracy, and repeatability
- Higher production efficiency
- Broader part design and manufacturing flexibility
- Capacity for continuous and mass production operations
Hogge Precision: Industry-Leading Multi-Axis CNC Machining Services
Hogge Precision Parts Co., Inc. offers industry-leading CNC turning and milling services. Our fully equipped manufacturing facility allows our operators to meet tolerances as tight as ±.0005 inches. To learn more about our CNC turning and milling capabilities, see further details below. For more information about our other services, contact us today.