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With three linear axes and two rotary axes, the five-side machining of a cube is possible, or with corresponding axis configuration (kinematics) about 80 % machining of a ball.
In Figure 1 two situations of 5-axis milling are displayed. On the left there is an insert and on the right the above-mentioned ball, which can be machined in one clamping.




5-axis milling [Source: Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Nürtingen]​

There are two categories of 5-axis milling. First there is the 5-axis milling with tilted workpiece, also called 3+2-axis milling, and then also the simultaneous 5-axis milling.
 

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Just curious, why don't you join a CNC forum? There are quite a few around; I am sure they would love this information. For me, true woodworking is still electric and hand tools. Even if I won the mega millions lottery, not sure I would buy one...but I would sure have one heck of a wood shop! lol
 

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I think he means a CNC metalworking forum. Nothing he has posted so far relates to woodworking. Everything he has posted is taken from other sources, nothing original written by him. It all is academic and does not seem to reflect any personally developed experience. I added him to my ignore list a while ago. I’d rather read posts by people showing what they do, or want to do.
 

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One challenge you'll find if somehow you have a 5-axis CNC is finding/paying for/understanding the software you'll need to generate the tool paths for it. With "understanding" being the hardest part.

I see student eyes roll back in their heads when I'm explaining how our 3-axis CNC can cut tenons on the compound angle cut end of their chair stretchers.

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