5-axis milling

    Easily, quickly and reliably manufacture 3D surfaces

    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.

    Integrated template technology • Functions for special manufacturing tasks • Mill between vectors • Interactively optimize tool tilt direction • All roughing and finishing strategies integrated
    Combine any machining types as desired • Optimal support for modern high-performance cutters • Machine multiple surfaces in a single pass without retracts
    Completely collision-checked NC programs • For all milling machines including robots

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    Multi-sided machining with positioned axes? Or do you prefer 5-axis simultaneous machining?

    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.*

    We have compared the advantages and disadvantages. Read our white paper. 

    Simultaneous 5-axis functions for special manufacturing tasks

    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.  

    • Milling curves: Face and side milling of curves
    • Multi-axis engraving
    • Roughing contours: 5-axis side milling roughing of planar and constant-curvature flank surfaces
    • Finishing contours: 5-axis side milling finishing of planar and constant-curvature flank surfaces
    • Roughing surfaces: Adaptive or contour-parallel roughing of free-form surfaces
    • Finishing surfaces: HSC milling with ball cutters
    • Face milling surfaces: HSC surface milling of simple and complex free-form surfaces with a lead angle
    • Side milling surfaces: 5 axis milling of complex free-form surfaces
    • Roughing pockets: Adaptive or contour-parallel roughing of free-form pockets
    • Radial roughing: Roughing of rotational components
    • Multi-axis deburring

    5-axis simultaneous machining grows out of 3+2-axis machining

    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.

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    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. 

    Machining multiple surfaces in a single pass without retracts?

    With direct surface selection, multiple surfaces can be machined in a single pass with no additional design effort. 

    Select multiple surfaces ...

    ... with no additional design effort ...

    … and perform 5-axis simultaneous machining

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    5-axis simultaneous machining of multiple surfaces in a single pass without retracts

    5-axis milling between vectors

    Specify any vectors between which the parties to be milled. The selected vectors determine the movement of the tool. If desired, you can optimize tool movement during programming: Check the tilt direction with the integrated tilt direction preview and adjust it interactively.

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    What our customers are saying

    Productivity grows with Tebis solutions

    "After purchasing a 5-axis machine, we looked for a suitable software solution and found that Tebis was also the best solution for 5-axis applications."

    Belmiro Teixeira, Managing Partner

    Irmamolde, Maceira - Leiria, Portugal

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    Formbar AG - A phoenix rises from the ashes

    "It is truly interesting to have one’s own processes evaluated from outside. Of course, we wanted to be faster, better and bigger; the only question was how.”

    Kaspar Hürlimann, Managing director

    Formbar AG, Kirchdorf, Switzerland

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    Success from switching technologies

    "Using Tebis, we’ve developed a very reliable and highly efficient machining process for our 5-axis technology." Roger Wadell (left), Gunnar Persson (right), responsible for work preparation and production engineering"

    MV USAB, Smedjebacken, Sweden

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    For everyone who wants to learn more

    Webinars, technical articles, interviews ...

    Tebis 5-axis milling: Simple, fast and reliable

    In this webinar, we will give you a basic overview of the advantages of multipage machining with Tebis. We will also show you the major new features that have been added in Version 4.0 Release 6.

    Webinar recording (German)

    Automated multi-axis deburring

    The correct CAD/CAM solution can save time when deburring parts In our free webinar, we will show you how to quickly and easily deburr your parts automatically using tapered or ball cutters. 

    Webinar recording (German)
    “The first customer was thrilled with our solution”

    In an interview in the November issue of technical magazine “maschine + werkzeug©” (2018), product manager Helmut Vergin explains how simple 5-axis milling has become using Tebis Version 4.0 Release 6.

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    5-axis simultaneous milling – is it worth it?

    Many die, mold and machine manufacturers prefer to manufacture using fixed positioned axes. They tend to cast a more critical eye on multi-sided machining. Are these warranted concerns?

    Read the white paper

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    High-efficiency roughing

    Compared with conventional roughing, time savings of over 60 percent can be achieved with adaptive roughing using special HPC cutters with very large cutting depths. The path layout is perfectly adapted to the geometry with no full cuts. 

    HFC milling

    HFC tools allow you to achieve high machining rates at high feed rates. Tebis calculates the residual stock with absolute precision: The maximum amount of possible material is removed. HFC tools can therefore be used optimally with Tebis, not only for roughing but also for prefinishing. 

    Circle-segment cutters

    Circle-segment cutters have a special geometry that saves you up to 80 percent of the time required for prefinishing and finishing compared to machining with ball cutters. Tebis supports all these kinds of efficient high-performance tools – because each tool can be modeled with precise attention to detail in the virtual CAM environment.