5 Axis CNC Machines
Produce a higher calibre of product with our tooling and bespoke solutions for 5 axis CNC machines.
5 Axis CNC Tooling
Timber manufacturing has been revolutionised by the accessibility of 5 axis CNC machines. Offering finer control and the ability to create more complex shapes than ever before, 5 axis CNC machines have found a home in many timber workshops. The precise machinery and sophisticated software that drives 5 axis CNC machines makes them a powerful tool, especially in workshops and joineries that produce high value timber components, furniture and bespoke products.
Introducing the additional A and B axes into CNC functions creates an unparalleled ability to carve complex three-dimensional shapes. Workshops use 5 axis CNC machines for dozens of applications, including:
Developing custom products
Carving complex 3D products
Shaping high precision components
Processing compound cutting paths
Improving product finishes
Add Value with 5 Axis CNC Tooling
Timber manufacturing has been revolutionised by the increase in accessibility of high-quality CNC tools and 5 axis CNC machines. Offering finer control and the ability to create more complex shapes than ever before, 5, 6 and 8 axis CNC machines have found a home in many timber workshops. The precise machinery and sophisticated software that drives CNC machines makes them a powerful tool, especially in workshops and joineries that produce high value timber features, furniture and other components.
We carry a variety of CNC router bits, cutterheads and tooling for workshops and joiners that demand precision and flexibility from their equipment. In addition to our stock, Panel Tools offers custom tooling services. Using your specifications we can design and develop tooling that does exactly what you need it to. The result is finer products, greater attention to detail and a higher standard of workmanship. We can create our own drawings or use the ones you supply to design specific tools that support the production processes your business needs to implement.
CNC Machine Custom Tooling
Panel Tools specialises in providing custom tooling options for complex and bespoke 5 axis CNC applications. Paired with the right tools, 5 axis CNC machines are capable of producing complex pieces with high quality finishes. Our team can craft CNC tools, chucks, collets and cutters with profiles of any shape, allowing you to push the envelope and unlock the true potential of your equipment.
We partner with world-class manufacturers to produce the highest quality tooling. Our manufacturing partners share our care and attention to detail, understanding that the quality of your tooling plays a major role in the value of the final component. The meticulous design process we use ensures your custom CNC tools deliver the highest quality finishes, improved tool life and more efficient processes.
Capitalise on the true capabilities of your 5 axis CNC machine with custom tooling solutions from the Panel Tools team. Our design process is simple, and we work with joiners, furniture makers, sign makers and timber manufacturers all over Australia. Simply talk to us today about your project and we can help design, produce and deliver custom router bits, cutters, chucks, collets and tool holders that achieve the finished result you need. Contact Panel Tools today for more information or to begin designing your custom CNC tools.
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When producing profiles on the CNC there are three main objectives: consistency, efficiency, and a high-quality end-product. Depending on the profile and the capabilities of the machine, Panel Tools can offer tailored solutions in solid carbide, braised tip, replaceable tip and diamond to work towards each of these objectives. A focus for improving the efficiency of profiling operations is to combine and eliminate processes, this can be achieved by doing multiple elements of the profile with a single pass or a single tool. Stacked tooling systems are one example of this.
Carving or contouring is a common application for prototyping or contract machining where the design of the component is subject to change and/or highly complex. When you cannot justify an investment in a specific profiling tool, ball nose tools and variations thereof may be used to produce almost any shape. Carving with ball nose tools can be extremely time consuming, there are dozens of options which can be investigated to achieve the detail, finish quality and time frame required.
Morticing and Tenoning
Producing mortices and tenons is a common process across all types of joinery. Whether it be in cabinetry, door locks or furniture, mortice and tenons come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some mortices can be narrow and deep requiring specialty pocketing tools. Tenons may require steps and chamfers, these details can be factored into the design of the tool to be produced in a single pass.
Drilling is one of the most time consuming processes on the CNC and often it is the most overlooked when looking to improve efficiencies. We can offer high performance drills to increase plunge rates or multi-boring aggregates to increase your drilling capacity. Aside from standard drilling, we also have solutions for drilling at great depths, profiled drills for producing plugs and profiled drills which produce chamfers or rebates.
When jointing, we are trying to achieve a perfectly flat and square cut along the full side of the component. Usually a large surface area of material needs to be planed, and a moderate to high level finish is required. If there is enough clearance, this is generally where we will recommend a spiral or helical cutter.
For bulk material removal we are generally looking for a tool which is strong, aggressive and resistant to wear. This tool is generally placed under extremely high loads, so it is important to tailor the tool specifically to the application. Replaceable tip solutions are often recommended because they are cost effective to maintain. For example, in the case of hardwoods spiral cutterheads are very effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
5 axis CNC machining uses Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to move a cutting tool, such as a router bit or drill bit, with 5 degrees of freedom.
5 axis CNC machines move along the X, Y and Z axes, and rotate about the X and Y axes to allow the tool to access a workpiece from any direction.
Where a 3 axis CNC machine consists of a tool that moves along a flat work table, 5 axis CNC machines are centred around a 3D workpiece. On a 3 axis machine, the spindle is fixed vertically, while the spindle of a 5 axis CNC machine can be tilted along two axes to achieve more complex processes.
The primary benefit of 5 axis CNC machining is the complexity of parts that can be produced using standardised tooling. 5 axis CNC machining also eliminates the need for angled aggregates which are not suitable for continuous use in public settings.
A 5 axis CNC machine allows you to access workpieces from all sides. Along with its computer control, this means you can produce more complex components, greater accuracy, higher yields and manufacture large parts rapidly.
Find the Tools You Need
Panel Tools supplies a range of CNC tooling and custom solutions designed to push the limits of your equipment and drive the industry forward with innovative processes.
A common sight in the woodworking industry, 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines have revolutionised timber manufacturing, and our CNC tooling delivers more processing versatility than ever before.
Unlocking the potential of your CNC processes means exploring new and varied materials. Our range of CNC tooling can be designed to work with everything from chipboard to composites and more.
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