5 Axis Machining

Capacity and experience combine to make your project a roaring success

The four 5 axis machining centres in our workshop provide the capacity and capability to manufacture complex components to the tightest tolerances. Combined with over 30 years precision engineering experience and ISO 9001:2008 approvals, your project is in the safest hands.

James Dixon Testimonial

High quality service that saves you time and money

This combination of expertise and capacity saves you time and money. Here’s how…

Efficient methods of manufacture!

5 axis capability means fewer operations and associated tasks, saving us time and you money, because:

  • programmers write fewer programs
  • we need fewer fixtures and tools
  • machine operators have less work to do on your project

And your finished components will NEVER require reworking, they will always be the quality you require and delivered on time. So that’s more money and time saved against choosing an inferior precision engineering supplier!

5 Axis CNC Machining in action

5 axis milling on a Hardinge XR600 5AX machine

The video shows the machining of an aircraft seat arm, with pockets and thin wall sections using 5 axis milling from billet to completion in one operation.

Despite the sophisticated machining the finished seat arm component will never be seen, as upholstery will hide it within the completed seat.

Precision engineering on a 5 axis DMG 70 Evolution

Here, a lens mounting ring for a thermal imaging camera requires two slots, of about 40mm long, for the straps to pass through. A lollipop cutter is used to curve round and cut underneath using a tube milling cycle.

Programming from the 3D CAD file ensures machining accuracy with fewer 5 axis milling operations.

5 axis CNC milling for an aircraft seat belt bezel

The first operation machined a pocket. The second, seen here, involves roughing around the profile, then tilting and spinning the job to finish machine the component.

The flange is at a compound angle to the body profile, so required spinning the job whilst a ball nose cutter is used to machine the corner radius and flange. This completes the second operation with the finished component ready for quality control inspection.

5 axis machining on a DMG Mori 60 Evolution

The mounting component has an octagon profile shaft between 2 parallel flanges at the ends. The shaft is square to one flange but kicks off at an angle then joins the other flange, hence the need for a 5 axis milling machine.

The video shows the finishing operation of the octagon shape, spinning the component and machining with a ball nose cutter.