When you first start creating your own CNC designs, a three-axis machine will typically offer enough control and flexibility to bring any of your designs to life. Eventually, however, you may find that you feel somewhat constrained by the limits of an X, Y and Z axis.
Maybe you’re making a cylindrical component, for example, that needs holes or cut-outs milled in its sides. This type of work can be done with a three-axis machine, but it will often be a slow and somewhat inefficient process. By adding a fourth cutting axis to your CNC machine, you can reduce lead time and complete complex projects in fewer steps.
A fourth axis rotary table offers a convenient, cost-effective way to take CNC milling to the next level.
This compact 6” rotary table makes it easy to seamlessly machine challenging components by adding a fourth rotational axis around the X or Y axis, depending on how it’s mounted. The fourth axis can be programmed in the same manner as the X, Y and Z axes, and its motion can be interpolated with that of the other three axes. It also uses the same size 34 motor as the X, Y and Z motors, offering 1200 in/oz. of torque. If you’re working on a project that only requires three cutting axes, the rotary table can be easily removed from your CNC mill as well.