Process: Machining, Multi-Axis


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.

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Machining, Multi-Axis projects for quote

  1. Drawings count: 2

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    Machining of a stainless steel shaft with grooved flutes is needed, in order to fit a brass wear strip (not required). The company behind this enquiry will utilise the shaft within an agricultural application and seeks budget prices for 1 off and 2 off at this time.

  2. Drawings count: 2

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    Due to a current lack of in-house capacity, this company - who spend a massive £4million on subcontract machining services annually - is looking to work with an external vendor for production of the attached drum. Interested suppliers must be able to manufacture this part to a high standard of quality, whilst also assisting with repeat orders as they become available. Therefore, this is an opportunity to win a big-spending customer as well as the work in question.

  3. Drawings count: 1

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    Quotes are currently required on the attached set of carbon steel and cast iron parts, on behalf of a buyer that has an immediate order to place for their production. The company behind this enquiry is a machine tool manufacturer with an annual spend of £50,000 on bespoke machined components. They require these items on a repeat basis, meaning that this work may be ideally suited to those with ongoing capacity to fill.

  4. Drawings count: 0

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    This buyer seeks a machinist with multi-axis routing capabilities, in order to aid with the manufacture of a honeycomb pattern. This will be used within a larger assembly and repeat orders will be placed with the successful vendor. The honeycomb pattern is a new design, to be made from aluminium in batches ranging from 70 to 350 off.

  5. Drawings count: 2

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    Suppliers with immediate capacity are asked to quote for the attached guide block, on behalf of a buyer that outsources an impressive £500,000 worth of machining work each year. The buyer would like to place the sample order of 1 off as early as the 29th november, looking favourably upon quotes from companies that can offer a fast turnaround, with delivery required by the 4th December.

  6. Drawings count: 4

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    A carbon fibre manufacture whose annual outsourced machining spend totals in excess of £50,000 per annum, seeks the assistance of a machinist with multi-axis capabilities, as well as the immediate capacity available to accommodate their current requirement. There are four different sizes of insert, which are all to be machined from aluminium. The client would ideally like to partner with a supplier who can adhere to the requested schedule, with split delivery over December and January. The work will be repeated again in future, providing an opportunity to gain a new long-term customer.

  7. Drawings count: 1

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    A machined part is required for end use within the water industry. The client - a fastener manufacturer and distributor - spends upwards of £250,000 annually in the subcontract machining sphere. Their current requirement is for the attached restriction block, which is to be made from stainless steel. This item falls outside of the client's in-house capabilities and subsequently, they would like to employ the services of a third party for its production. Ideally, they would like to work alongside a supplier who is able to offer this part on a repeat basis, at a rate of 500 off per annum.

  8. Drawings count: 1

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    Quotes are currently sought for 10 and 20 off of the attached longnose front, which is destined for end use within an automotive application. The buyer behind this enquiry outsources machining work to the tune of £50,000 annually and is looking for a production partner that can fulfil repeat orders of the part in question. In addition to this ongoing requirement, similar work could also be made available once quality and delivery have been proven.

  9. Drawings count: 1

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    The attached box segment is urgently required by a buyer that operates within the communications industry. The client has an annual spend on subcontract machining that exceeds £500,000 a year and so ongoing work will be made available.

  10. Drawings count: 6

    Machining-Machining, Multi-Axis

    Suppliers who have in-house multi-axis machining capabilities are asked to provide a quotation for the attached set of components. Ample quantities are required and the client would like to partner with a supplier that can assist with this work on an ongoing basis, providing high-quality items that adhere to the drawings provided. There has been an increase in demand for these parts and therefore, the buyer's supplier base needs to expand to accommodate the requirement. They outsource in excess of £100,000 worth of machining work every year, meaning that there is plenty of scope for eventual diversification into additional projects once a relationship has been established.

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