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 Posted by: Robert J. Knapke 03/04/2003, 01:18:45 Edit I am seeking a good understanding of 5 axis machining on a vertical mill. X, Y I believe are the table, Z is the spindle travel thats three. What would be 4 and 5?a rotary table? Please Help me to understand this.Thank You,Robert

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 Re: 5 - Axis Explanation Needed Re: 5 - Axis Explanation Needed -- Robert J. Knapke Post Reply Top of thread Forum
 Posted by: ayteebee ? 08/26/2005, 18:41:13 Author Profile Mail author Edit Robert,I don't know if you're still needing an answer, but I might as well reply just in case someone else needs the info. On a vertical mill, you usually have the three "standard" axes (or "degrees of freedom"); that is, the bed can move in the three basic dimensions: left and right (X), forwards and backwards (Y), up and down (Z). For more complex operations, the mill may also have a head with the capacity to rotate about one or more axes. This would account for dimensions 4 and 5.Hope someone finds this useful.Cheers, Andy.

 Re: 5 - Axis Explanation Needed Re: 5 - Axis Explanation Needed -- Robert J. Knapke Post Reply Top of thread Forum
 Posted by: Jay Maechtlen 03/04/2003, 11:28:18 Edit : I am seeking a good understanding of 5 axis machining on a vertical mill. X, Y I believe are the table, Z is the spindle travel thats three. What would be 4 and 5?: a rotary table? Please Help me to understand this.: Thank You,: RobertX,Y,Z give you 3 cartesian axes. The other two are (usually?) are rotaries. Either the cutting head can have the rotary motion, or the rotry stages can be mounted on the X-Y platform. Anyway, the two rotaries are at right angles, and the result is that the cutter angle w/r the blank is programmable.hthJay