The Difference Between Single and Multi-Axis Machining

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At MK precision, we pride ourselves on using only the best machinery to create precision medical devices and their components for our customers. We believe that the equipment used by a machining company is as essential to a quality end product as the design itself, as it is this equipment that determines so much of the workmanship, precision, and consistency that the final product depends on.

That’s why we make your precision medical devices using multi-axis machining equipment. We have sought out the best, most cutting edge machines that give us the power to machine along five axes—whereas our competitors often use single axis machining equipment.

What kind of a difference does this added machining capability make in your end product? Let’s look at both methods and find out.

Single Axis Machining
The machining process generally involves placing the component on a rotational axis and then tooling it down to a desired shape. Strictly speaking only one axis is needed for this and many companies stick to single-axis equipment in order to save money. Of course, with just one axis many shapes cannot be achieved, which means that a component must be tooled in stages, being repositioned on the axis for each new stage.
Limitations of this approach include:

• The risk of decreased precision when components are repositioned between each stage. Repositioning is not perfectly uniform across all units.
• Added technical complexity in executing the design of your medical device.
• Slower production time.

Multi-Axis Machining
Multi-axis machining is exactly what the name implies. The machine can rotate a component along multiple axes without needing to transfer it from machine to machine or be unclamped and repositioned within the machine. At MK Precision we use true five axis machining, which means that our equipment can pass the component through elaborate contouring procedures that are 100% computer guided and adhere to accuracy standards. This has several benefits:

• Even the most complex shapes and contours can be executed with precision.
• Incredible consistency from one unit to the next.
• No risk of error while “repositioning” components.
• Even technically complex components can be produced quickly and efficiently.

The Result
The fact is that other methods just don’t stack up against our five-axis precision machining. Our clients want flawless contours, high precision, consistency and cost-effective production, and that’s what we deliver. We’ve invested in the best equipment and we produce the best precision medical devices available.