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4 Axis CNC Machining

Elimold offers 4-axis milling services to machine the most advanced projects faster and more efficiently. 4-axis milling equipment can handle a wider range of functions than standard 3-axis milling; thus enabling complex components to be produced at higher speeds and with more accurate results. 4-axis milling simplifies the process with its additional tools and accessories, providing greater maneuverability during milling. Set up once for a project, Elimold’s 4-axis milling machines can complete additional processes in less time, enabling customers to complete their projects with shorter lead times.

Providing valuable 4-axis CNC machining

Elimold is your full-service supplier of prototype and production precision machined parts and assemblies. We can provide the highest quality machined parts, turned components and sub-assemblies for your prototype or production needs. Elimold’s experienced team is proficient in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, aerospace alloys and high-tech plastics commonly found in many of today’s products.
Our ISO certified quality control procedures, coupled with years of experience and state-of-the-art equipment, allow us to maintain an excellent delivery and quality record at very competitive prices.

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Tailor-made service

We believe in pursuing excellence and precision with every order. We don’t apply the same approach as standard to every order; our highly skilled technicians consider what will best meet our customers’ needs and advise them accordingly. This may mean using 4-axis or even 5-axis CNC machining to provide a high level of detail, or it may mean recommending traditional machining to manufacture small batches or prototypes. We work closely with each client to ensure we provide a bespoke service that meets their needs.

Processing capabilities

Elimold’s high-precision machining center library of four-axis CNC machines can provide five-sided machining of complex parts, reducing part handling and machine setup, resulting in increased accuracy, faster turnaround and lower costs for CNC machined parts. We are committed to continually investing in innovative technology, state-of-the-art equipment, experienced mechanics and ongoing industry training. This multidisciplinary approach allows us to consistently successfully meet or exceed your machining expectations.

  • Prototype & Production Quantities from 1-1000
  • Tight Tolerance from +/- .0002
  • CNC Milling & Turning, Boring, counterboring, countersinking, drilling, facing, pocketing, profiling, reaming, mill slots, and tapping
  • Low, Medium & High Volume Production Machining
  • High Speed Machining up to 20,000 RPM
  • Tight Tolerance
  • Part Size from Very Small to 30” x 70” x 28”
  • Cutter Sizes as Small as 0.010”
  • Standard to Exotic Plastic & Metals
  • Lights Out Manufacturing
  • First Article inspection capabilities
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Material

Metal Types:
All standard metals, aluminum, armor plate, brass, bronze, chromium, copper, gammalloy, Hastelloy, Incoloy, Inconel, Invar, manganese, Monel, nickel, Nitralloy, powdered metals, stainless steel, Stellite, titanium, Waspaloy, and many other superalloys

Material Types:
Castings, forgings, fabricated weldments, tubing, billets, and bar stock

Turn Key Solutions

  • Handle wide range of complexities and processes
    • Finishing
    • High Level Cosmetics
    • Decorative Finishes
  • Plating
  • Selective anodizing
  • Hand finishes

Industries and Parts

A 4-axis CNC machine is capable of machining a variety of products and parts, including those with complex geometries and curved surfaces. Products that can be machined with a 4-axis CNC machine include:

  • Aerospace components: Parts for aircraft engines, landing gear, and other aircraft elements
  • Automotive components: Parts for cars, trucks, and other vehicles, such as engine blocks, cylinder heads, and transmission elements
  • Medical components: Medical implants, prosthetics, and surgical instruments
  • Industrial parts: Various types of industrial parts, such as gears, bearings, shafts, and valves
  • Prototyping
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Advantages of 4-axis machining

Greater Accuracy

Four-axis CNC machines offer multiple faces without transferring the piece from a fixture, making exact capabilities. This degree of precision results in less litter and also a rise in earnings.

Attain Complexity in Part Designs

The most typical reason to use a 4-axis machining center is to manufacture complex parts and components. Four-axis machines, built for comprehensive function, can access peculiar angles without design complex fixturing.

Faster production time

A 4-axis machining center reduces the cycle time because the machine is performing collective processes in one setup. A 4-axis machining center does not have to be stopped to turn the part of the fixture, which means no downtime to change tools or have an operator rotate the component manually.

What is 4-axis machining?

4-axis CNC machining involves multi-axis machining of the workpiece material using a CNC machine with additional rotational axes. The 4-axis machining process utilizes any CNC machine tool that can move at four different angles simultaneously. It usually consists of three linear axes – X, Y and Z and one additional axis (A-axis). The X, Y and Z axes represent three mutually perpendicular directions, while the A-axis rotation axis rotates the workpiece around the X-axis.
While 4-axis CNC machines come in different arrangements, the standard type is vertical machining. It operates in the vertical direction, allowing the spindle to move in the Z axis. What’s more, these features will enable the machining of complex designs and odd-angle milling that is not possible with 3-axis machining.

4 Axis Machine Anatomy

  • Spindle Assembly – Variable speed rotating spindle, which holds the cutting tool
  • Cutting Tool – Removes material from the workpiece to form a part
  • Traveling Columns – The spindle and cutting tool moving on the Z-axis and X-axis (side to side) columns
  • Index Table Platform the workpiece or rotary index table clamps to which moves in the Y-axis, while some centers turn the table on a rotational B-axis
  • Rotary Index Table (optional 4th axis) – A mechanical apparatus used to hold and rotate the workpiece called the A-axis
  • CNC Control Panel – The interface a machinist uses to control the linear and rotational axes of CNC machine operations

Get your parts into production today!

Elimold’s professional team has excellent customer service and can assist customers from quotation and production process to mechanical parts delivery. You can send your sketches, samples or CAD files for an immediate quote.