so ive got a design in my head, but i dont think it would work quite right. i see different machines that acheive 5 axis in different ways, is one "better" than the other?
right now my plan is to only have the x axis on the table, (to prevent forward, and aft movement when using the lathe function), and to build the y and z axis into the gantry. the question is about the 5th axis does it matter (from a CAM viewpoint) weather you rotate the spindle, or spin the part? is one method easier to program than the other??
i was also thinking of making the spindle head rotate for and aft, and spinning the part on the 4th axis... (easier to build for me) but i didnt know how that would work out from a cam point of view
any advice on how i should proceed? ive got about 3 different design floating around in my head and i dont know which to start seriously working on.
last thing..anyone got a link to the ATC that ive been reading about for DIYer's?