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The Next Generation of Five-Axis Machining for Mold Makers

Mold and die makers will benefit from more capable machining centers, milling tools and CAD/CAM systems that are rendering five-axis machining remarkably more productive, yet easier to own and operate.
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Combined with rapid advancements in machine tool technology and cutting tool software, five axis machining results in potential savings for tool and die manufacturers in areas such as cost per part, cutting tool life, and overall machining productivity.

Even with a common ballnose end mill, machine users can get much better utilization of the cutting edges and higher material removal by tilting the tool and cutting with the outer radius of the ball. Five-axis machining makes that possible.

Two developments in cutting tool technology can deliver even greater gains in productivity; multi-flute end mills and barrel-shaped tools…READ MORE.