The Power of FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining

by Michael Cope

Maggie Smith sits down with Michael Cope author of THE POWER OF FIVE: The Definitive Guide to 5-Axis Machining to talk a little bit about his book and what it's about.

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Unleash Your True Potential
with Hurco 5-Axis

Fifteen years ago, we made 5-axis a priority—both the engineering of the machine and the development of the control technology—because we determined
that the transition to 5-sided machining would be the most efficient way for our customers to instantly increase their profit margins.
Similar to the transition from manual machining to CNC machining, the transition to 5-sided machining will dictate your future success.
Find out why Hurco leads the industry in 5-axis technologies.

Hurco 5-Axis Machine
  • High Accuracy Components
  • Rigid Construction
  • A Broad Line of 5-Axis Machine Configurations
  • Advanced 5-Axis Control + Features
  • More Standard Memory and Lookahead than the Competition

How does Hurco give you the power to transition to 5-Axis?

Transform Plane is the key feature of the Hurco control that makes the transition
to 5-axis easy. When it comes to usability, nobody can touch the Hurco control. Designed the way machinists think. Designed to let you determine the best way to approach each part because it’s equally powerful whether you use conversational programming, NC, or CAD/CAM—you can even combine NC and conversational with our signature NC/Conversational Merge feature. Nobody does 5-axis better than Hurco.

Click the button below to download the PDF and learn more about Hurco control features specifically for 5-axis and 5-sided machining.

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Hurco MAX5 Console

WinMax® Software / 5-Axis Features

  • Tool Path Linearization
  • Transform Plane
  • Tool Vector Canned Cycles
  • Tool Vector Input & Retract
  • Universal Rotary

Increase Efficiency With a 5-Axis Machine

Margins are tight in the metalworking business, so how do you get ahead? See how you can make more money with 5-axis by using our 5-Axis ROI worksheet.

Find out how to:

  • Use your shop's numbers to see the increase in margins with 5-axis
  • Apply 5-axis to the work you already have
  • Real part examples wtih margin increases of over 50%

Don't get left behind.  See how 5-axis can benefit your shop by downloading the ROI worksheet now.

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CUSTOMER Input: Force American Made (FAM)
machine shop at John Force Racing (JFR)

FAM manufactures tens of thousands of parts per year that range from small consumable parts to super chargers, engine blocks and cylinder heads.
Approximately 90% are 7075 and 7050 aluminum and the other 10% are Titanium Grade 9 (6AL4V).

Antonelli said the Hurco CNC machines have outperformed his expectations. Antonelli and Nic Barnes, the Machine Shop Supervisor, said the benefits they appreciate the most from the new Hurco CNC machines are the surface finish quality, fast rapids, rigidity, accuracy, the robust technical specifications of the Hurco control, the swing-arm ATC design and tool capacity, and the productivity gains from adopting 5-sided machining for parts they used to manufacture on 3-axis machines.

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5-Axis Machine Customer

Hurco 5-Axis
CNC Machine Lineup

See which one of our 5-Axis models powered by the MAX5 control will make your shop more profitable


Hurco is an American company (Nasdaq: HURC) with global reach. Based in Indianapolis, Hurco engineers have been inventing technology that makes machinists more productive and job shops more profitable since 1968. We build CNC machines that are equipped with the MAX control powered by WinMax® software. The Hurco control is the most flexible in the industry because it is equally powerful whether you use conversational or Industry Standard NC programming…or you can use the best of both with Hurco’s NC/Conversational Merge feature.

How Hurco Makes Shops More Profitable

Discover Hurco

Although Hurco is officially listed as a global machine tool builder, the technology we develop is what makes our customers more productive and makes their businesses more profitable. Manufacturing equipment that makes machinists more productive and shops more profitable has been the core purpose of Hurco since 1968 when Edward Humston and Gerald Roch founded the company in Indianapolis. Mr. Roch grew up around machining and knew there was a way that the emerging computer technology could make machine shops more efficient.

Fast forward to today. Mr. Roch was right and his dream has been realized: Hurco designs and builds CNC machines that make our customers more profitable because of the control technology we develop. The operating system of our MAX5 control, called WinMax®, lets our customers program parts faster so they can manufacture those parts more efficiently. While our CNC machines are found in Fortune 500 companies, such as Caterpillar, GM, GE, and Google, most of our customers are family-owned job shops that manufacture a high mix of parts in small to medium batches for many different industries. For them, making more chips is critical. Time spent programming and setting up the part cuts into profit margins.

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Expand Your Profit Power

HURCO Core Competencies

To meet our obligation to help these manufacturing entrepreneurs increase profit margins, we have developed a set of core competencies as an organization that we continue to foster.

  • Control technology that is intuitive, user-friendly, and reduces setup and programming operations.
  • Customer-centric organization that is focused on the success of its customers.
  • Established company with a strong balance sheet.
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Tips & Tricks for 5-Axis CNC programming and machining in general
from Hurco's applications engineer Mike Cope

Take 5 for 5-axis Webinar

Programming 5-Axis Transform Planes Using IJK UVW Vectors

I recently received a comment on one of my previous blog posts – “5-Axis Programming: programming with tool vectors”- asking about how to designate a 5-axis Transform Planes using IJK UVW vector tokens, instead of the traditional ABC rotary axis designations. Instead of just replying to that comment, I thought I would write this post as a response. Since this will be a continuation of the previous article on tool vectors, I suggest that you read and understand using IJK tool vectors as a pre-cursor to this article.

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Take 5 for 5-axis Webinar

We Took Five for 5-axis…will you?

Hurco recently partnered with Modern Machine Shop magazine for an educational online 5-axis webinar, called: “Take Five for 5-Axis”. It was very well received by everyone who attended, and the feedback afterward was outstanding. In this webinar, I try to present this information in a very simple way, and attempt to explain things in a manner that even those who have no history of 5-axis machining can understand it. After all, that was the intention…to educate and teach!

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5-Axis Solutions

5-Axis…it just ain’t that scary

In February of 2013 I posted an article titled: “5-Axis…it just ain’t that scary”, and to date it has been one of the most popularly read articles in my blog series. So, I thought I would expand on that article a little bit, and dive a little deeper into what can be done with 5-axis technology…

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