4 Axis, 5 Axis CNC Machining Services

For complex and time-sensitive machined parts, 5-axis CNC machines offer unparalleled flexibility and speed. Our experienced team can help bring your ideas to life, from rapid prototypes to end-use parts for safety-critical applications.
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Our CNC Machining Services

Whether you need plastic or metal parts, get high-precision, complex machined parts with complex geometries with our 4-, 5-axis milling and CNC machining services. Competitive pricing and fast lead times help to move your project forward quickly.
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Advantages of 5-axis machining:
We are able to perform 5-axis machining to the highest standards.
The advantages of working with us include:
Fast turnaround:
With 11 5-axis machines, we have the capacity to make your prototypes and produce parts in a matter of days.
High-quality 5-axis machine:
Our machines include HAAS and sculpted 5-axis CNC machines with on-site inspection systems for ultra-tight tolerances.
Experience and expertise:
With ten years of experience in the machining business and a comprehensive understanding of material properties, we know how to handle the most complex parts – regardless of the medium.
Industry compatibility:
From aerospace parts to high-tech electronics, we work with companies across the manufacturing spectrum.

 

5-axis CNC machining capability

Our 5-axis machining services provide fast and flexible plastic and metal parts fabrication. With advanced 5-axis CNC machines and a range of materials, we are able to provide the best 5-axis machined parts. Our experienced team helps to quickly design and manufacture complex, short-lead components. With state-of-the-art equipment, expertise and experience, we use two outstanding setups to deliver precise, complex parts.

5-axis CNC machines can differ from one another in another important way. Some 5-axis machines use what is known as “simultaneous” 5-axis machining, while others employ a “3+2-axis” method.

Simultaneous 5 Axis CNC Machining

Simultaneous (or continuous) 5-axis machining is a form of 5-axis machining in which the machine can continually adjust movement on all five axes without pause. Simultaneous 5-axis CNC can be very fast, since there are no breaks between passes of the cutting tool.

3+2 Axis CNC Machining

Take advantage of the optimal 3+2 axis machining technology for your unique applications. The process keeps the part fixed in a specific orientation to allow the usual 3-axis machining process. Our 3+2 axis machining uses shorter, more rigid cutting tools to offer your parts better dimensional stability. Get complex CNC machined parts with tight tolerances at lower costs and cycle time.

Why Choose Us for Custom CNC Milling?

80% of aspect and mechanical parts can be CNC milled within minutes or even seconds by optimizing the tool paths and using special cutting tools. Our automation setup for CNC milling is super cost-efficient for mass production. It helps reduce CNC machining costs compared with additive manufacturing in most cases.

Typical CNC Machined Parts That We Offer

Our 5-Axis Milling CNC Machining for Various Industrial Applications

Our 5-axis milling services is your best bet when it comes to manufacturing complex, highly precise components for a wide range of industries. Our manufacturing capabilities allow us to accelerate the production of several components, including:


Regardless of the manufacturing process used to create the end-use part, our CNC machining service is widely used by designers as a means of creating early and late-stage prototypes with short turnarounds times. CNC prototyping allow designers to rapidly iterate ideas without tooling costs or waiting times. It is one of the best ways to create concept model and function prototype to verify the design. Compared with other rapid prototyping methods, rapid CNC machining allows us to get tight tolerance prototypes in real materials fast.

CNC Prototyping is the preferred option to bring new design life among the other rapid prototyping methods, unless the products are designed for 3D printing or other methods only.

5-axis CNC machining can be used to cut deep mold cavities with minimal tool chatter and maximum precision. This is because 5-axis provides much better tool access to the workpiece, which in turn allows shorter cutting tools to be used. All of this makes 5-axis CNC an appealing alternative to EDM, which is a much slower moldmaking process than CNC machining.
Although turnaround times may be a big concern for some aerospace companies, complexity is the main reason why the industry is so dependent on 5-axis CNC. Aircraft components often have intricate geometries — frequently including curves and interior cuts — that would take a long time to machine on a 3-axis setup. 5-axis machining can be used on all manner of titanium and aluminum aerospace parts, including: Bulkheads Fuselage sections Landing gear components
5-axis machining is widely used in the automotive industry for the prototyping and production of car components. These components include: Engine housings Engine covers Valves Inspection jigs Light guides
Titanium and stainless steel surgical tools are frequently fabricated with 5-axis machining. These parts must be made to a high level of precision and are often made in large quantities, which favors the increased efficiency of a 5-axis CNC machine. Machined surgical tools include: Scalpels Forceps Cutters Spacers Clamps Surgical scissors
In the electronics industry, 5-axis machining can be used to make essential parts for consumer electronic devices such as digital cameras and laptops. Electronics casings and enclosures are often machined from plastic or aluminum, and 5-axis CNC is especially useful for chassis of irregularly shaped devices such as SLR cameras. 5-axis machining can also be used to fabricate parts like heat sinks — especially those with irregular or densely populated fin patterns. The efficiency and deftness of 5-axis also makes it easy to fabricate heat sinks in large quantities.
The application of robotics is prominent in several industries and continues to grow. Our advanced manufacturing processes and extensive production capabilities will help you stay relevant in the competitive market. Here are some robotics applications RapidDirect can make with you:
  • Grippers
  • Housings and fixtures
  • Arm components
  • Robotics assemblies
  • Networking technology
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Animatronics
  • Commercial and defense robotics

Frequently Asked Questions

5-axis machining is, as the name suggests, a form of CNC machining in which the cutting tool can move along five axes instead of the usual three.
with a 3-axis CNC machine, the spindle moves up and down, side to side, back and forth. 5-axis machines, in addition to this 3-axis movement, have two further axes in play: either the table rocks side to side on two different axes or the spindle itself swivels on two axes. Either of these methods (more on their differences later) allow the cutting tool to approach the workpiece from an infinitely greater number of angles, and this makes it possible to create highly complex shapes. It also reduces the number of setups needed: machinists don’t have to manually turn the workpiece over, because the cutting tool can simply reach more places. And this makes the entire machining process much, much faster.

5-axis CNC machines can have different configurations. All have spindles that travel along the X, Y and Z axes, but machines can add the two “extra” axes in different ways.
  The most common types of 5-axis CNC machine are trunnion-style machines and swivel-rotate-style machines. Some machines combine features of both.
  Trunnion-style 5 axis machine:
A trunnion-style CNC machine is a kind of CNC mill with a moving table. That means the angle of the workpiece attached to the table can be adjusted, allowing the cutting tool to hit the material from different angles.
  Trunnion-style machines have an A-axis and C-axis, and their advantages include better undercut access, effective removal of heavy materials and a larger overall work volume.
Swivel-rotate-style 5 axis machine:
A swivel-rotate-style CNC machine is a kind of CNC mill with a rotating spindle. Adding a B-axis and C-axis to the spindle allows the cutting tool to hit the material from different angles, but in a different manner to a trunnion machine.
  Advantages of swivel-rotate-style 5-axis CNC machines include the ability to handle heavy parts, since the table remains stationary, and compatibility with much shorter cutting tools — effectively reducing chatter and increasing accuracy.

The axes, in terms of CNC machining, determine the number of directions that the cutting tool can move in when producing parts. There are the three-dimensional axes, and the 5-axis machine’s cutting tool can also rotate to approach the part from two directions, which serve as two additional axes.
Because of the flexibility offered by 5-axis machining, it should be used to create the most complex shapes and details in parts. The stability of the tool also provides a smoother and more consistent finish.
5-axis CNC machining is one of the most advanced manufacturing technologies available, so it can produce some of the tightest tolerances possible, even on complex and detailed parts.
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