3+2 vs. 5-Axis: What’s the Difference?
Adding two axes to the conventional three axes does technically create a machine with five axes, but this 3+2 mechanism does not exactly equal a 5-Axis machine. While this may sound illogical at first, don’t worry – this blog post has everything you need to get comfortable with the difference between 3+2 and 5-Axis, so that you can decide what’s most profitable for your operation.
While 3+2 works well in most cases, it’s efficiency can depend on the application. It also doesn’t always have the technology for certain complex geometry.
5-Axis machines, also known as simultaneous 5-Axis, move the cutting tool on the X, Y and Z axes and rotate the A, B and C axes to maintain continuous contact between the tool and work piece, unlike 3+2 operations, where the part is in a fixed orientation.
Why swap out your rotary table for an integrated 5-Axis machine?
One of the biggest advantages to using a 5-Axis machine is the ability to create complex work pieces and accurate components with less time, money and skilled labor.