What is 5 Axis CNC Machining?

In the realm of modern manufacturing, 5-axis CNC machining has emerged as a game-changer, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in precision engineering. It is a machining technique that holds the power to transform complex designs into tangible realities, unlocking a realm of possibilities for industries ranging from aerospace to medical devices.

At its core, 5-axis CNC machining is an evolution of traditional CNC machining. While traditional CNC's operates along 3 axes (X, Y, and Z), 5-axis machining introduces two additional rotary axes (A and B), creating a multi-dimensional movement. This intricate movement allows the cutting tool to approach the workpiece from multiple angles, enabling the creation of complex shapes and contours.

How we do it - Multi-Axis CNC Machining

Equipment - CNC Machines

Dedicated to pioneering innovative and advanced manufacturing, our facility boasts an impressive collection of the latest DMG Mori milling and lathe/mill-turn centers. This choice aligns with their esteemed reputation of being one of the highest ranked CNC machine tool providers in the manufacturing industry. Our suite of high-tech machines give us the capability to manage intricate machining operations across various axes. Our machining centres can handle tasks ranging from 2+3-axis to full simultaneous 5-axis milling, as well as 5-axis+ turning and mill-turn operations, guaranteeing the precise attainment of intricate details and stringent tolerances. See our plant list for more information


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Our Team

Founded on a passion for engineering, we have assembled a mighty team of highly skilled CNC machining technicians and machinists with decades of extensive experience spanning various sectors, our skilled professionals bring a wealth of expertise to the table. Their profound expertise spans various sectors, contributing to our comprehensive skill set. Each member of our team is deeply committed to upholding the highest standards and exhibits a genuine sense of pride in crafting precision engineering solutions of exceptional quality for our esteemed clients. See our about us page for more information


Advantages & Disadvantages of 5 Axis CNC Machining

Despite being a dynamic and advanced technique, like any technology, 5 axis machining comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. We will delve into the benefits and limitations of 5-axis CNC machining below, shedding light on why it's celebrated for its capabilities and where it might pose challenges.


1. Precision Redefined

5-axis CNC machining introduces a new dimension of precision. The multi-axis movement allows for intricate detailing, enabling the creation of complex geometries with unmatched accuracy. This precision is invaluable in industries that demand flawless components.

2. Complex Shapes Made Simple

The ability to approach the workpiece from multiple angles empowers manufacturers to craft intricate shapes and contours with ease. This technology is a game-changer for industries that require complex and innovative designs.

3. Efficiency Amplified

5-axis CNC machining eliminates the need for multiple setups and tool changes. This streamlined approach not only accelerates production but also reduces the chances of errors that often occur during setup changes.

4. Versatility Across Industries

Whether in aerospace, medical devices, or automotive, 5-axis machining showcases its versatility by catering to the specific needs of various industries. Its adaptability to diverse sectors makes it a go-to solution.


1. Cost Considerations

The technology, precision, and equipment required for 5-axis CNC machining can contribute to higher costs compared to traditional methods. Initial investments in machinery and training may be substantial.

2. Complex Programming

The complexity of 5-axis machining requires sophisticated programming and specialized training. This can pose challenges in terms of time and expertise required for setup and execution.


3. Maintenance Intensity

The intricate machinery used in 5-axis CNC machining demands regular and precise maintenance to ensure optimal performance. This adds to the operational overhead.


4. Learning Curve

Transitioning from conventional machining methods to 5-axis CNC machining may necessitate a learning curve for operators and engineers. Mastery of this technology requires time and experience.


5-axis CNC machining is a remarkable leap forward in precision engineering, offering an array of benefits that cater to today's intricate design needs. However, it's important to consider both its advantages and disadvantages before integrating it into your own manufacturing processes.

With companies such as, Hyde Engineering offering 5-axis machining services alongside a range of other engineering and manufacturing solutions, could a supply chain partner offering subcontract capacity and resource, better align with your specific requirements and goals.

Quality Products and Services

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Hyde Engineering Ltd. is certified to ISO9001 so you are guaranteed that the engineering and manufacturing products and services you receive from us are in line with those world renown standards.

If required, we also have the capability on site to validate the quality of our manufactured components, through the use of a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) to measure the geometry of the part along with any critical features specified by our customers.

Engineering Solution Provider of Choice

With all facets of mechanical engineering housed under one roof, Hyde Engineering Ltd is perfectly placed to be your engineering solution provider of choice.

Our goal is to work in partnership with our clients to ensure they have the outsourced engineering services they need within their supply chain to build resilience and ensure efficient delivery of their commitments to their customers.