5 Axis Machining

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FeatureCAM supports both 5-axis positional and simultaneous machining, including 5-axis drilling, trimming and swarf machining.


  • Produces complex parts with fewer set-ups, saving time and reducing errors.
  • Increases accuracy by machining parts with shorter, more rigid, tools.
  • Controls the tool axis, allowing machining of areas that cannot be machined with 3-axis strategies.
  • Converts 3-axis toolpaths to their 5-axis equivalents automatically, preventing collisions between holder and part
  • Includes proven post-processors for all major machine tools, reducing machine commissioning time.

Typical Applications:

  • Highly complex mould and die tools with undercuts.
  • Turbines and stator vanes
  • Covers covers, plates and brackets
  • Highly complex engine ports

5 Axis Machining Overview