Going for 5-axis
In view of the high number of different angles of the surfaces and depending the number of parts to be produced at the same time, we are talking about 3-4 operations in a typical 4-axis horizontal machine. In a 5-axis machine, however, we can mostly reduce this to just two operations.
In the case of the Makino DA300, which by default is ready for automation, it is possible to combine the flexibility and low number of setups with automation – and that makes a very interesting combination.
For example, this part made of AC2B-T6 aluminium was finished just in 5 minutes and 45 seconds.