Datan’ CNC engineers will help you make the right milling choice for your specific part and application needs, whether medical, aerospace, optical, or other. When it comes to choosing 3-, 4-, or 5-axis milling for the components in your production, manufacturing will be the key decider in your choice; factors including cost, turnaround times, and precision.
CNC Milling: 3 Axis & 4 Axis3 Axis
Evolved from the practice of rotary filling, 3 axis machining is an average manual milling technique cutting parts on three axes; the X, Y, and Z axes. Invented in the 1800s, the vertical 3 axis CNC milling machine has come a long way in its capabilities. While many machines have a moving bed, the 3 axis milling centers stand still while the cutter itself operates instead. 3 axis models are multifunctional, accurate machines designed for:
Cutting Sharp Edges
3-axis milling is capable of creating the same products as 4 axis and 5 axis vmc machine, but the 3 axis machines cannot deliver the same level of detail or efficiency as its predecessors. 3 axis can cut individual features during operations, but it cannot match the work of a 5 axis in quality or profitability.
Similar to the 3 Axis CNC vertical milling machine, 4 axis micro-milling machines are vertically operated and built to function in a timely fashion. They are user friendly with manual and computer lead operations. Built for detail work and accuracy, 4 axis is a step away from the high quality, precise engravings, drillings, and millings of a 5 axis machine. Despite its short comings, the 4 axis cnc machine can be used for different purposes, including:
Hobby Prototype Building
Medical Equipment Creation
With the ability to operate on wood, foam, composite board, aluminum alloy, and even PCB, 4 axis is a multi-use CNC tool functioning at a slightly higher competency than the 3 axis.
5 Axis Precision CNC Milling5 Axis
The best CNC milling machines available today, 5 axis milling is a fast working, precise, micro machining powerhouse. Datan specializes in 5 axis machining because of its superior functions compared to the 3 axis and 4 axis CNC Machines. A 21st century marvel, a 5 axis cnc machine is capable of impeccable product and parts creation. This extremely fast milling machine, unlike the 3 axis and 4 axis, has the capabilities to efficiently and impressively produce:
Titanium Creations – For Both Practical and Artistic Purposes
Oil and Gas Machine Parts
Architectural Door Frames
Military Grade Products
5 axis CNC is capable of cutting the most complex and tedious designs existing in the world. It can operate much faster than 3 axis and 4 axis CNC machines and provide vertical milling with the highest precision and quality available today.