Though it can be difficult to understand how soft axes work, they can add a great deal of flexibility to the grinding process. Not only do soft axes help reduce programming time, they simplify complex calculations.
ANCA demonstrates how soft-axis functionality opens a world of possibilities when grinding simple to complex tools, and simplifies the life of the tool operator.
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Related Glossary Terms
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.