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5 Axis and 4 Axis Machining

3 Axis Machining is limited. In some cases a part includes complex shapes which just can't be machined with a 3 axis mill. 5 axis and 4 axis machining provides the flexibility required to produce these parts accurately. This capability enables us to produce highly complex parts.

5 Axis and 4 Axis milling machines are similar to 3 Axis CNC machines as they operate on the same principle.

5 Axis and 4 Axis CNC machines still use G-code to carry out operations. Instead of using just simple X,Y,Z cartesian coordinates the G-code file compiled by our experienced engineers includes information for rotational axes B and C which operate around Y and Z linear axes respectively.

There are a number of advantages to using 5 axis and 4 axis CNC machines over traditional CNC machines. These include:

  • The ability to produce complex shapes that would otherwise require multiple setups.

  • The ability to produce geometry that is not possible using conventional methods with a 3 axis mill.

  • Hole drilling at different angles.

  • Improved surface finish as the tool can be aligned with the parts surfaces.

  • Improved accuracy as the part does not have to be setup in different machines which could input error.

If you have a job that needs 5 axis or 4 axis milling please contact one of our experienced engineers for a quote.


Our 5 Axis and 4 Axis CNC machines are capable of processing a wide variety of materials. These include but are not limited to:

  • Aluminium

  • Carbon Steel

  • Mild Steel

  • Non Ferrous Alloys

  • Polymers and Plastics

  • Stainless Steel

  • Steel Alloys

  • Tool Steel

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