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cnc 5 axis vertical mill for wood2/9
Just throwing it out there, does anyone have any input on using a 5 axis mill, such as a Haas to make stair fittings? 5 axis routers are pricey, so can anyone forsee any problems for using a machine such as this for making small parts?
Most Haas machines are trunnion style 5 axis not articulating head, so there would be fixturing considerations.
The spindle rpm, as mentioned before, is a factor. Also tool size,weight and z-axis stroke are very important factors. I program a Heian Fanuc controlled 5-axis router for stair fittings and vacuum hold down is important but you can also use mechanical clamps just as well.
I've been to a company that was using an old Cincinnati Milacron CNC milling machine with a trunnion to make stair parts. It was not as fast but it worked for them for many years.
at IWF last year I saw the DMS (Diversified Machine Systems) 5 axis in operation. A subsiduary of DMS is Freedom machine tool. I have their FMT 3 axis router and they are great to deal with.
Well, it's not so much capability but price. Our shop is venturing into the realm of cnc router for the first time. We have two cnc copy lathes, but routers are more pricey, machine and software. A Haas machine is $100,000 less than routers we have been looking at, and the software is also more affordable and user friendly. We definately do not want to pick up a machine that will need G code written manually, helper software is a must.With the savings from that, we can also pick up a medium sized 3 axis router. Is spindle speed programmable on a Haas?