The 3-axis machining centers are ideal for machining parts that don’t need a lot of complexity or depth. They can be used for machining 2.5D & 2D geometry components, planar milled profiles, threaded holes that are in-line with an axis, and more. 3-axis machining centers are also used for:
- Cutting sharp edges
- Drilling and tapping holes
- Milling slots
- Interactive/ automatic operation
- Flattening a surface
3-axis machining centers remove the portions of your raw material that you don’t really need by cutting and shaving them away. The material is aligned with the tool during the machining and milling, which subsequently reduces the material to the required shape and size. Cutting tools will be held vertically or horizontally and while the workpiece you’re working on remains in place.
3-axis CNC machines complete the job automatically by using a tool to cut along 3 axes such as the X, Y, and Z axes or also:
These 3 axial movements through 3 dimensions involve a cutting head that has a spindle and 2 linear channels. Together with the length and width axes, the spindle functions as one axis.
You can select a tool head that works appropriately depending on whether you’re cutting wood, steel, aluminum, or other materials.
- The three axes can all move together. Due to that, they can produce complicated components more efficiently and quickly.
- 3-axis machines are capable of producing the majority of complete machining components such as machine clamps, chuck jaws, fixtures, stocks, clamps, etc.
- They are capable of having an automatic tool changer. As a result, the machine may perform numerous tasks with just one unit.
- Some 3-axis CNC machining centers have the option of being converted to four or five-axis machining centers. When converted or upgraded, a manufacturing business can enhance its capabilities without investing money in a whole new machine.
- The coding for milling on 3-axis CNC machining centers must be entered into the onboard computer. The application can be run as many times as necessary after that. And the system will then finish the task automatically.