Bookshelf: Secrets of 5-Axis Machining

Jan. 9, 2009
By Karlo Apro, Industrial Press Inc., 2009, 176 pages, $54.95

Are you utilizing 5-axis machining? Could your shop benefit from the efficiency and power that 5-axis machining offers? Here is an effort designed to demystify the topic and bring it within the reach of anyone interested in using the technology to its potential.

The book is not intended as a training manual for any particular machine tool or CAD/CAM system. Rather it is an overview of multi-axis machine types and the common control methods that CAD/CAM systems use to drive the machines.

Leveraging 30 years of experience in manufacturing, the author concentrates on guiding the reader through the 5-axis machining realm, from basic to complex concepts. He provides information to help select the right tools, including the machine, work-holding method, CAD/CAM system and the machine simulation package.

Topics covered include common misconceptions, machine and CAD/CAM selection, and cutting strategies. Dozens of machining applications are illustrated and explained to help make both beginners and experts more comfortable working with the equipment. The book is notable for its efforts to teach through attractive, full-color 3-D illustrations.

An accompanying CD includes interactive machine simulations, videos, illustrations and quick reference guides.

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