that is subject to wear over time. A 5-axis
machine’s direct-drive design eliminates
wear, reducing the need to change tools as
the same tool can work in many directions.
Source: Cesare Magnani is a brand
manager for Biesse. For information call 704-
357-3131 or visit Biesse.com.
By Cesare Magnani
Heavy-duty machining of windows, doors,
stairs and other solid wood parts requires
high standards for precision and finish
quality. In an environment where more and
more customers want customized products,
having a machining center capable of
maximizing performance and productivity
is also essential. Below are features to look
for when purchasing a machine.
Ease of set up: From a productivity
standpoint, ease and speed of set-up will
make the most difference over the life of the
machine. To achieve the quickest set-up and
changeover, you should always look for a
vacuum hold-down, raised-pod system, even
better if with automatic positioning. This will
offer better performance than a flat-table
machine. Having a clamping/hold-down
solution that comes standard will also save
prep time, compared to custom fixtures.
Multiple reference points: You
should also choose a machine that has
multiple reference points for positioning
components. Since such a system does not
require oversized stock, you save material
and achieve more efficient machining than a
flat table without a mechanical pin system.
Having selectable reference points not
only makes machining more efficient, it
also eliminates the need to create custom
fixtures for machining custom components.
That advantage means you save time,
money, floor space and storage space.
5-axis flexibility: Unlike 3- or 4-axis
designs that have a limited range, a 5-axis
design gives you a tool that can work
in any direction. While 4-axis designs
can work with aggregates, they rely on
a gearbox with a mechanical structure
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