Multi-axis machining is a manufacturing process where computer-controlled tools are used to manufacture parts out of foam, wood, metal or other materials by milling away excess material.
Typical CNC tools support translation in 3 axes; multi-axis machines also support rotation around one or multiple axes.
Among the many benefits of Multi-Axis Machining are the following:
- The amount of human labor is reduced, if the piece would otherwise have to be carved manually
- A better surface finish can be obtained by moving the tool tangentially about the surface.
- More complex parts can be manufactured, particularly parts with curved holes.