Machinist Publishes Book about Five-Axis CNC Technology

The Power of FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining was officially released this month at the industry conference Top Shops in Indianapolis.

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The Power of FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining was officially released this month at the industry conference Top Shops in Indianapolis. The author, Michael Cope, is a machinist and works at Hurco Companies Inc. as a Product Technical Specialist.

Cope said he wrote the book because the adoption of five-sided machining processes is the most efficient way for job shops to instantly increase productivity and profitability. While there are other books about five-axis CNC technologies, he saw a need to write a book specifically for machinists.

“I’ve always seen myself as a machinist first and wrote this book with the intention of educating machinists and shop owners on the value of five-axis machining, because I truly believe it is the future of our industry and the most efficient way to produce parts. Making the transition to five-sided machining on a five-axis CNC machine solves many of the problems that so many shops face. To be blunt, five-axis saves time and money. Since time is money in our industry, five-axis makes each part more profitable. It offsets the skills gap issue because shops can do more with fewer machines—which means shops won’t need to find as many skilled employees. The technology makes the process more efficient, which means shops increase productivity because they don’t waste time flipping parts. Making the transition to five-sided machining on a five-axis CNC also helps job shops respond effectively to pressure from customers because they can switch from one job to another quickly and efficiently. Basically, a shop can do more with less if it selects the right five-axis CNC machine,” Cope said.

“To be blunt, five-axis saves time and money.”

The idea for the book was realized as Cope was preparing for a conference where he was asked to speak on behalf of Hurco about five-axis CNC machines and control technologies. For more than ten years, Hurco has recognized five-axis machining as a key technology that helps its customers increase profits. To learn more about Hurco or Cope’s book and to purchase the text, visit Hurco online.