CNC 3-AXIS Machining

CNC 3-axis machining is one of the most widely used techniques to make mechanical parts. “3-axis” refers to the ability of a CNC machine to perform movement about three different axes simultaneously.

In 3-axis machining, the workpiece remains still while the cutting tool moves along the 3 axes to mill the part.

This technique is computer controlled and used for milling slots, drilling holes, and cutting sharp edges. 3-axis machining allows material to be removed in 3 axes represented by back to front, side to side and up and down.

It is suitable for parts that are not too deep, but this technique is limited when trying to handle a deeper part with narrow cavities. Those projects would require a 4-axis or 5-axis CNC process.

The last few years has seen the growth in high-tech CAD/CAM programs that enable full computer-based control of 3-axis CNC tools. These digital controls enable efficient handling of a multitude of materials and curved surfaces with a high degree of precision.

CAD/CAM software also allows the process to be completely automated. This technology allows for faster machining speeds, higher yields, and the ability to manufacture large-sized parts.

Contact RJM to see if 3-axis machining is right for your next product or component.