Machining Overview


There are pros and cons to both 5-sided machining and 5-axis machining.

5-SIDED (3+2)
  • Simple to program
  • Cuts faster
  • Fewer concerns about tool interference
  • Excellent roughing strategy
  • Better surface finish
  • Longer tool life
  • Allows tool to reach difficult places smoothly
  • Impressive but slow – avoid if possible

Basics of axis configuration

Axis Configuration DiagramTo understand machine configurations, it’s important to understand the basic terminology of 5-axis machining centers. If you think in terms of a 3-axis machining center, it has an X-axis, Y-axis, and Z-axis. With a 5-axis machining center, the additional rotary axes will rotate about two of those three primary axes.

The axis that rotates about or under the Z-axis is called the C-axis.

The axis that rotates about the Y-axis is called the B-axis.

The axis that rotates about the X-axis is called the A-axis.

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