The strategic value of five-axis linkage CNC machine tools

The equipment manufacturing industry is the cornerstone of a country’s industry. It provides an important means for the development of new technologies, new products and modern industrial production. It is an indispensable strategic industry. Even developed industrialized countries all attach great importance to it. In recent years, with the rapid development of our country’s national economy and the needs of national defense construction, there has been an urgent and large demand for high-end CNC machine tools. Machine tools are a symbol of a country’s manufacturing level. The five-axis linkage CNC machine tool system represents the highest level of machine tool manufacturing. In a sense, it reflects the level of industrial development of a country.

For a long time, Western industrialized countries, led by the United States, have regarded five-axis CNC machine tool systems as important strategic materials and implemented an export license system. Especially during the Cold War, blockades and embargoes were implemented against China, the former Soviet Union and other socialist camps. Military-loving friends may know the famous “Toshiba Incident”: At the end of the last century, Japan’s Toshiba Company sold several five-axis linkage CNC milling machines to the former Soviet Union. As a result, the propellers used by the former Soviet Union to manufacture submarines were upgraded several grades. The sonar of the American butterfly ship cannot detect the sound of the submarine, so the United States wants to punish Toshiba for violating the strategic material embargo policy.

It can be seen that the five-axis linkage CNC machine tool system has a decisive influence on a country’s aviation, aerospace, military, scientific research, precision equipment, high-precision medical equipment and other industries. Nowadays, it is generally believed that the five-axis linkage CNC machine tool system is the only means to solve the processing of impellers, blades, marine propellers, heavy-duty generator rotors, steam turbine rotors, large diesel engine crankshafts, etc. Therefore, whenever people encounter unsolvable problems in designing and developing complex curved surfaces, they often turn to five-axis CNC systems for help. Because the five-axis linkage CNC machine tool system is very expensive, and it is difficult to create NC programs, it is difficult for the five-axis system to be applied to “civilians”.

However, in recent years, with the breakthrough development of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems, many Chinese CNC companies such as Shanxing Company have launched five-axis linkage CNC machine tool systems, breaking through foreign technology. The blockade has occupied the highest point of this strategic industry and greatly reduced its application costs, thus ushering in a new era for China’s equipment manufacturing industry! The development of modern science represented by information technology has injected an influx into the equipment manufacturing industry. The strong driving force also puts forward stronger requirements for it, which further highlights the irreplaceable basic role of the machinery and equipment manufacturing industry as a carrier of high-tech industrialization in promoting technological progress and industrial upgrading of the entire society.

As the driving force behind national economic growth and technological upgrading, the mechanical equipment manufacturing industry represented by five-axis linkage will progress together with the development of high-tech and emerging industries. China not only wants to be a major manufacturing country in the world, but also a powerful manufacturing country in the world! It is expected that in the near future, with the popularization and promotion of five-axis linkage CNC machine tool systems, it will surely lay a solid foundation for China to become the most powerful country in the world!

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