5 Axis Laser Cutting or 5 Axis Machining?

5 axis laser cutting and 5 axis machining are both advanced manufacturing technologies that allow for the creation of complex shapes and parts. However, there are some key differences between these two processes:

  1. Cutting vs. milling: 5 axis laser cutting involves the use of a high-powered laser beam to cut through materials, while 5 axis machining uses a cutting tool (such as an end mill) to remove material from a workpiece.
  2. Material types: 5 axis laser machining can be used to cut a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, and composites. 5 axis laser cutting tends to be used for cutting metal components.
  3. Precision: While both processes can achieve high levels of precision, 5 axis machining is generally considered to be more accurate than 5 axis laser cutting.
  4. Speed: 5 axis laser cutting is generally faster than 5 axis machining, as the laser beam can cut through material more quickly than a cutting tool. However, this can depend on the specific material being cut and the complexity of the part being produced.
  5. Cost: 5 axis laser cutting machines can be more expensive than 5 axis machining machines, due to the advanced technology involved in the laser cutting process. 5 axis laser cutting machines also have higher ongoing service and maintenance costs.

Overall, both 5 axis laser cutting and 5 axis machining have their strengths and weaknesses, and the choice between them will depend on the specific needs of the manufacturer and the product being produced.

If you would like us to look at your 5 axis laser cutting project please contact a member of our estimating team today.