I’ve been doing a lot of research lately concerning CNC Mills, homemade ones in particular. Now, I won’t get too in depth before I give anything away, but I found some very interesting full size CNC machines with five axes of movement. What’s that mean?
Well, most entry level or home made CNC mills/routers have three axes of movement. X, Y, and Z. What this means is that the movement of the cutting tool is to the ‘left and right’, ‘up and down’ and ‘in and out’. This creates a decent range of movement, and works especially well on mostly two dimensional parts.
Here’s a video to demonstrate.
See how the gantry moves in two directions, the cutting tool on the bridge moves in two directions perpendicular to the first directions, and the tool itself can move into and out of the raw material? Those are our three axes of movement.
So what do two extra axes of movement get you? That kind of machine may look a little like this:
More to come. All of this research is completely on a whim and has nothing to do with any projects I may or may not be undertaking with another College-Now graduate / close friend of mine.