5-axis simultaneous milling quickly and efficiently produces high-quality surfaces unlike any other milling method. Tebis lets you use the full potential of your expensive high-performance machines: Collision-free programs can be easily planned and calculated for all multi-axis machining operations. Homogeneous toolpaths with low tool wear and checked for tilt direction are automatically generated.
Whether a part is to be milled simultaneously on multiple sides with the positioned axis or by 5-axis simultaneous milling always depends on the specific machining task, the complexity of the part and the machine kinematics.
Are you still wondering whether machines for 5-axis simultaneous machining are even worthwhile for you? Or are you already using multi-axis machines and believe you can get still more out of your machines? Then you are not alone: According to a survey, 62 percent of those with multi-axis machines do not believe they are using the full potential of their machines.*
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NC programming of milling paths for simultaneous 5-axis milling is easy to learn in Tebis: It largely corresponds to 3D programming. Tebis programmers who previously created 3-axis toolpaths also learn to program 5-axis milling programs very quickly.
Tebis contains multiple functions for programming toolpaths for simultaneous 5-axis milling. Each function is customized for special machining tasks and only contains those parameters that are actually needed.
In 5-axis simultaneous avoidance milling, you can generate 3+2-axis NC programs with no specific tilt angle for individual milling areas with no extra effort. Subsequent conversion to programs for simultaneous 5-axis milling is automatic. The tool tilt angle is optimized in this process, taking machine kinematics into account.
Avoidance milling is especially suitable for collision avoidance: Collisions of the tool holder with the part are already detected during calculation and are automatically avoided with simultaneous 5-axis milling. This enables outstanding machining of electrodes and parts with deep cavities, for example, with short tools.
However, you can also implement this functionality with good results in other areas besides collision avoidance. In specific part areas – such as for free-form surfaces in the visible area where machining requires frequent reorientation – machining with fixed tilt angles often negatively affects surface quality due to unfavorable cutting conditions. An expedient solution is to compensate this with dynamic 5-axis tool movements.
If desired, you can decide at the end whether to remove residual stock by 3+2-axis machining with the positioned axes, by simultaneous 5-axis machining or by 3-axis indexed machining. Tebis performs high-precision calculation of the remaining residual stock. Depending on the machining situation, you can interactively position the tool using the positoned axes or enable the fully automatic calculation of toolpaths for simultaneous 5-axis milling.