3 Reasons You Need a 4th Axis

When buying a machine tool, it’s easy to get carried away. The excitement of purchasing a fancy new mill from Tormach makes you want to buy all the tools and accessories under the sun. Eventually, your budgeting conscience starts yelling, and you’ve got to draw a line somewhere. Often, when this line gets drawn, machine owners will skip buying a 4th axis, figuring they can do everything needed with some workholding ambition. While that might sometimes be true — though hardly worth the effort — here are three big reasons it’s valuable to consider a 4th axis.


Halloween with Tormach

We wanted to carve a pumpkin with one of the PCNC 1100s in our showroom to celebrate Halloween. After some debate with our machinists and realizing the unwanted mess that pumpkin chunks mixed with aluminum and steel chips would create (especially in our showroom), we decided to step away from the idea. Our local makerspace, Sector 67, wasn’t worried about the mess, so they used their PCNC 1100 to do just that. Happy Halloween!

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