Evolved from the practice of rotary filling, 3 axis machining is an average manual milling technique cutting parts on three axes; the X, Y, and Z axes. Invented in the 1800s, the vertical 3 axis CNC milling machine has come a long way in its capabilities. While many machines have a moving bed, the 3 axis milling centers stand still while the cutter itself operates instead. 3 axis models are multifunctional, accurate machines designed for:

  • Automatic/Interactive Operation
  • Milling Slots
  • Drilling Holes
  • Cutting Sharp Edges

3-axis milling is capable of creating the same products as 4 axis and 5 axis machines, but the 3 axis machines cannot deliver the same level of detail or efficiency as its predecessors. 3 axis can cut individual features during operations, but it cannot match the work of a 5 axis in quality or profitability.

3 Axis CNC Machines

3 axis CNC machines still have a place in modern day manufacturing. Whether or not a 3 axis CNC machine is the best option for your business does rely on a number of reasons relating to the size of your production run, the workpiece properties, accuracy and finish requirements, materials costs, stock holding capabilities, etc. At Ward CNC, we have extensive knowledge and expertise to analyse the variables and determine if 3 axis CNC machines is still the most profitable choice for your business. If this is the case, we’ll be able to recommend the best kind of machine for you. 3 axis CNC machines include 2.5 axis capabilities in addition to routines to machine complex, contoured surfaces constantly seen in mould making and aerospace applications. 3 Axis cycles are designed for speed, accuracy and efficient memory usage.