There is no denying the sheer beauty of CNC machines carrying out their carefully orchestrated ballet of movement while accomplishing their tasks. In the past we’ve brought you fail videos, where something goes wrong, and the whole house of cards comes crashing (pun intended) down. Admittedly, there is a guilty pleasure most of us secretly enjoy in watching such precision not pan out—but this video is the opposite of that.
In this mesmerizing compilation of bright metal bits dancing a sophisticated dance, nothing goes wrong. No sparks fly; no parts break. It’s just eleven minutes of sheer computer numerically controlled precision and perfection set to a calming musical selection.
Facemills milling, boring heads boring, and endmills cutting, all while producing a rainbow of chips. There’s even a crankshaft having its journals rough cut on a machine that looks more like something that would be used by Dr. Evil to drill to the core of the earth, than what you’d expect to see in an engine shop.
Watching these five-axis machines work and seeing the precision they are capable of is astounding. The ability to create compound curves, asymmetrical shapes, and complete complex, intricate internal milling processes are practically impossible to do in a single operation on earlier machines. In addition to the incredibly precise movements of the machines, the speeds which can be achieved with modern tooling and toolpaths is breathtaking.
Besides being fun to watch, those capabilities are being put to use throughout the industry—especially in piston manufacturing. There, it’s not only the speed, precision, and complexity of the shapes a machine is able to produce, but also the surface finish the tools and machines are capable of maintaining on the surface of the product.
So turn up your speakers (or headphones if you’re at work) and get ready to be hypnotized by the mechanical ballet that is five-axis CNC machining.