Advantages and Disadvantages of 5-Axis CNC Wire Bending Machines
Wire bending is the process of applying force to change the shape and contour of a wire. Wire bending machines are capable of producing 2D or 3D shapes, and can also create perfectly bent shapes in a short amount of time, such as zigzags, squares, circles, bends, hooks, etc. These wire forms are used in a variety of industries, like medical components, automobile coils and springs, protective sports equipment, display racks, construction fences, and many more. To meet increasing demands for custom wire shapes, manufacturers use Computer Numerical Control or CNC wire bending machines for their production needs.
A CNC Wire Bending Machine
Changzhou Hui Ting Machinery Co., Ltd is a trusted provider of CNC wire bending machines. We offer a variety of machinery for your production needs. Aside from our CNC wire bending machines our other products include:
● CNC double-head wire forming machines, which are capable of providing solutions for up to 20 axes. The two independent bending heads and improved servo motors allow for greater flexibility in bending intricate 3D shapes and also improves production rates.
● CNC compression spring machines which could work with wire sizes from 1mm up to 20mm
● CNC integrated wire form machines, plate type wire forming machines, and automatic wire feeders
Our goal is to provide you excellent professional service with our advanced and precise wire forming machines. With over 20 years of experience, our team of highly qualified R&D professionals will make sure that your specific manufacturing needs are met with great satisfaction. Whether providing locally or abroad, we’ll make every effort to build the best type of machines for your company.
CNC wire bending machines are a great asset in industrial production. These machines have three types, 3-axis, 4-axis, and 5-axis. The best type of CNC wire bending machine is the 5-axis type, being the most flexible and versatile. These types of machines are the most advanced used today. To know more about the advantages and disadvantages they bring, look below.
Advantages of 5-Axis CNC Wire Bending Machines
Exceptionally Versatile and Flexible
The number of axes on a CNC wire bending machine determines the type of work it can do. More axes mean greater complexity and detail can be added during the production process. 5-axis wire bending machines are fully automatic and integrate wire feeding, straightening, bending, and cutting, and also make perfect 3D bending.
The bending process for 5-axis CNC machines is automated according to a pre-programmed CAD design. This allows for maximum production speeds and high volume output. In addition to this, because of the flexibility of 5-axis CNC machines, they require less tooling time compared to 3-axis and 4-axis bending machines. While a 3-axis wire bending machine would require additional set-up to finish a particularly complex design, a 5-axis wire bending machine could finish the task in one go, reducing lead times and producing faster outputs.
High Degree of Precision and Stability
The products formed by a 5-axis CNC wire bending machine are more precise compared to 3-axis and 4-axis bending machines. Because the designs, configurations, and dimensions of the wires are set digitally using various computer-aided software, operations can be continuously repeated in the same manner. The added versatility of 5-axis bending machines requires less set-up allowing them to work on complex 3D designs continuously without break and with minimal errors. In comparison, 3-axis and 4-axis machines require additional steps in producing more intricate designs, this can lead to greater errors during production. The accuracy of 5-axis wire bending machines is especially important in industries that require their components to perform in life and death situations, like in the medical field, aerospace, and military defense.
Provides Support for Remote Control, Custom Programming, and Wireless Monitoring
Highly advanced 5-axis CNC wire bending machines like this one are capable of machine support remote control. The addition of this technology allows for easier troubleshooting by remote control assistance or through the use of computer programs. The controls can not only run pre-programmed functions, but also execute custom programs entered by an operator, allowing them to create almost any 3D shape they want to suit a specific need. This leads to quicker repairs, faster production and shorter downtimes. In addition, these high-tech machines also support live monitoring, allowing operators to survey production output even when off-site using a PC, smartphone, or tablet. As technologies continue to develop, quicker and easier programming will also make it easier to operate 5-axis CNC wire bending machines
The precision of a 5-axis CNC wire bending machine reduces the amount of scrap metal produced. Manufacturers can save a considerable amount of money, especially when working on expensive materials. Greater production speed, high accuracy, and less wastage increase the overall efficiency of each project.
Although CNC wire bending machines need trained machinists to operate them, a large team is not required. A single trained operator can usually supervise multiple CNC machines. Once programmed, a CNC wire bending machine can be left to carry out work with only occasional changing of tools. This enables manufacturers to save on labor costs.
CNC Wire Bending Machines can be custom built according to manufacturer needs
Disadvantages of 5-Axis CNC Wire Bending Machines
5-axis CNC wire bending machines are more expensive compared to 3-axis and 4-axis operated wire bending machines, although costs are slowly coming down. The increase in production speeds, precision, reduced wastage, and labor cost, added convenience and overall efficiency in manufacturing can more than make up for this.
Loss of Essential Manual Skills
With the emphasis on teaching students to operate CNC wire bending machines, manual machining skills are being lost. These manual skills provide essential mathematical and engineering knowledge. This knowledge is most helpful when assisting clients in solving problems with machinery as well as providing solutions for their fabrication requirements.
5-axis CNC wire bending machines are instrumental in improving the overall efficiency of metal fabrication processes. The advantages and convenience it brings to manufacturers are a key component in building future success. Making sure you have the right manufacturer to provide you excellent wire forming machines will help greatly in advancing your company’s goal. Visit our website now to learn more, and for any other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.