3-axis milling machines are uniquely designed to work within large areas including steam turbine half joints. The three-axis milling machine has a milling head can travel uninterrupted along axes X, Y and Z.
3-axis milling machines can do this accurately because they use laser reference points to determine both flatness and alignment. Thus these specialized machines can work in areas as wide as 40’. There is no limit to the length of the piece to be machined in a single process.
3-axis milling machines can also be configured with computer numerical controls. This machining process utilizes computerized controls. The rotation takes place at multiple points where cutting tools gradually remove material from the material producing a custom-designed part or piece
The CNC process is used when machining materials including plastic, wood, metal or glass. The result is custom-designed parts and products.
Precision CNC milling machines are used in mechanical, chemical, electrical, and thermal engineered products. This mechanical machining process can also be used in conjunction with machining for drilling, boring, turning, and other machining processes. The material is removed from the piece by mechanical means, using the milling machine’s cutting tools.
Unlike conventional mechanical milling, CNC milling is controlled by a computer. This computer operates and moves the machining tools to cut and shape the material.
- First, the product is designed using computer-aided design software. The completed design is exported to a CNC-compatible file format.
- Next, this computer-aided design is converted a CNC program.CNC can create a two-dimensional or three-dimensional milled product.
- Then, the CNC milling machine is set up. Finally, the milling operation is completed. The CNC machine program dictates the actions of the machine and the movements of the tooling across the material to be milled.