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Multi-Axis CNC Machining

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.

 

Benefits of CNC Swiss Screw Machining

The use of a screw machine or automated lathe to machine small, turned parts for industrial applications has been standard for decades. Made of a hollow spindle and cams, a screw machine removes material from a block of metal to create multiple small parts.

Screw machines are used today to make parts for IT, automotive, and consumer electronics products. Because they are flexible and can handle most types of metals, screw machines have a wide range of uses.

(Click to expand)CNC swiss screw machining benefits

Types of Swiss Screw Machines

There are two main types of Swiss screw machines in use today.

Automatic Swiss screw machines use a disc cam to rotate tools toward the workpiece area, which is held in place with several spindle collets positioned side by side. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines use a CNC unit to control the tools, which allows parts to be made to exacting specifications. CNC Swiss screw machines, which are also known as CNC lathes, can work on multiple axes for fast results.

Screw machines, both automatic and CNC driven, can take some time to set up properly, but are cost effective when producing multiple parts. They are typically not an ideal solution for one-off prototyping. However, because of the wide variety of metals they work with, they are a flexible choice when creating parts from different types of metals.

Benefits of the CNC Swiss Machine

CNC machining offers a level of control that may not be possible with an automatic Swiss screw machine. The CNC unit permits the use of tools on multiple axes, allowing more sets of tooling for both turning and milling. Cycle times are reduced and more detailed parts can be created with the use of CNC abilities.

Many operations can be performed in a shorter period of time using a CNC Swiss machine. A CNC Swiss screw machine can rotate a part at up to 10,000 RPM with an accuracy level of 0.0002 to 0.0005 inches. In addition to being more precise, a CNC Swiss lathe reduces waste and gives more flexibility when machining a specific part.

Using Automatic and CNC Swiss Screw Machines

Both automatic and CNC Swiss screw machines cost effectively produce multiple small, turned parts for a variety of industries. Hogge Precision uses numerous Swiss-style turning lathes to create small diameter parts from most types of metal. We can run metal bar stock up to 12 ft. long and 1.25 in. in diameter and meet tolerances as tight as ±.0005 in.

Hogge Precision serves a wide range of industries including defense, energy, medical, power distribution, and other industrial applications.  Parts we have successfully manufactured using swiss style screw-machining include brass, aluminum, and stainless steel components for IT and Electrical; brass and stainless steel components for Medical; and aluminum and stainless steel products for the Automotive industries.

We use a certified ISO quality management system to guarantee that our parts exceed your specifications. If you need parts created that are cost effective and delivered quickly, we will meet your requirements. Contact us today for all your swiss and screw machining needs.