Maximize 5-axis ROI with 3+2 Machining
To make the most of good 5-axis equipment you have to keep it in constant motion making parts. If shops reserved 5-axis equipment for only simultaneous 5-axis machining, few would be able to keep the machine productive on a full-time basis. Many shops get the most of the value out of the 5-axis equipment using it to do 3-axis machining on parts that previously required multiple machine set-ups.
This 3 + 2 machining on 5-axis equipment allows many different 3-axis operations in multiple planes with just one setup. In many cases 3 + 2 is reason enough to purchase 5-axis equipment. Shops that have not looked into 3 + 2 would do well to consider making in an initiative to develop this proficiency.