Multi-Axis Machining is a machining process to create complex shapes and angles.
Common machine tools use three axis (X,Y,Z), while multi-axis machines are able to use more axis when approaching workpieces. 5 or 7 axis are the most common, but other machine tools exist. The additional axis make it possible to machine from more angles and to make complex shapes. Another advantage is that more sides of a workpiece can be machined at once, which saves time.
The aerospace and defence industries source a lot of multi-axis machining, especially for airframes, engine blocks, turbine engines and impellers. Workshops that do multi-axis machining are quite rare, particularly for many axis. It is common that the purchasers require their suppliers to have the AS/EN/JISQ 9100 certification, which is the aerospace industry's standard certification.
This company operates within the agriculture industry and outsources over £50,000 worth of machining work every year. They have an immediate order to place for double helix anchor tips. This project incorporates elements of turning, with quotes required for 1000 off each size. The ideal supplier will be able to produce these parts economically and provide a high-quality end product; once a relationship has been established, further projects could be made available in addition to this initial requirement.
Destined for end use within the heavy vehicles/construction industry, these manifolds are to be made from carbon steel on behalf of a company that spends over £1.5million per year on bespoke machined designs. Quotes are required for 200 off and the client has also advised that this will be a monthly requirement, making it an ideal opportunity to fill long-term capacity. The ideal supplier will be able to produce these parts economically and provide a high-quality end product; once a relationship has been established, further projects could be made available in addition to this monthly requirement.
This company - a manufacturer of wire & fastener machinery whose annual outsource spend exceeds £80k - is looking for a machinist to assist with the manufacture of a barrel cam, or alternatively the modification of the barrel cam by way of an insert. At present, the cam is still on the machine and as such, only a basic drawing has been provided. The buyer however, welcomes questions via phone or email.
A carbon fibre manufacturer whose annual outsourced machining spend totals in excess of £50,000 per annum, seeks the assistance of a machinist with multi-axis capabilities. There are four different components to be machined from aluminium and supplied with a black anodised finish. This is part of a larger job that they are tendering for and as such, suppliers who are able to offer a quick response and turnaround will be seen favourably.
This enquiry will be best suited to suppliers with 5 axis capabilities. The attached hydraulic brake cylinder is required by this automotive buyer, who will utilise the parts in question within classic cars. They have an immediate order to place for 50 off left hand and 50 off right hand, to be machined from solid aluminium. This is a legacy part for which there is no longer a supplier in place; once a relationship has been cultivated, the client has advised that this could lead to similar, repeatable work in larger quantities.
Suppliers with multi-axis machining facilities are invited to quote for the attached mounting base, which will be used within simulation systems. Placing a considerable £1million worth of work with subcontract machining suppliers per year, this company seeks a vendor who can offer prompt delivery and good value; in turn, they will be offered similar work moving forward. 6 off are needed at this time, to be machined from mild steel in accordance with the drawing provided.
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Machining of a case-hardened steel bush and a free-issue iron casting is required, on behalf of a company that outsources over £30,000 worth of machining work every year. The client requires quotes for both 50 and 100 off of each component, which will be used within hydraulic road breakers. They are looking to add a secondary supplier for this work, which could lead to additional opportunities once quality and reliability have been proven.
Quotes are sought for a selection of vibratory bowls, to be machined from solid aluminium. This work will be ideal for suppliers with 5-axis machining capabilities, and forms part of a larger job for which the client is currently tendering. Spending a massive £1million a year on bespoke machined parts, they have plenty of regular requirements that could be extended to the successful supplier once quality and delivery have been proven. It is essential that these bowls are produced to a high standard, with quotes required for 1 off of each at this time.
Spending a sizeable £250,000 per year in the subcontract machining market, this company operates within the autosport industry. They are looking for an external supplier to initially machine 3 off manifolds as attached, followed by a further 80 sets of 3 off (240 in total). The ideal vendor will be able to lend a high degree of accuracy and quality to this project, for which there is an immediate order to place. Quotes from those that can adhere to the specified delivery date will also be favoured, owing to the short lead times set by the end user.
Destined for end use within an automotive application, the attached bearing housings are to be machined from a combination of carbon steel and alloy steel. The client is looking to work with an external supplier who can facilitate delivery of these items by the end of the month, meaning that this project may be ideally suited to those with immediate capacity. These are new designs, for which a supplier has not yet been allocated.
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