Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs)
Exploring the: Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs) Zone
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What Makes for an Effective, Production-Oriented VMC?
Extended VMC cycle times due to modest spindle performance and slow non-cutting functions can increase costs for high-volume applications. However, new VMC offerings can minimize cycle times while maximizing competitiveness for production work.
A contract shop produces critical parts for the Curiosity rover that will soon depart for Mars.
Transforming Industrial Robots into Precision Machine Tools
Robots fitted with an adaptive control system get real-time course corrections throughout the machining cycle.
Doosan Makes a Power Play
The South Korean builder is directing its focus toward rigid machine platforms capable of heavy cuts in tough materials.
The In-House Advantage
A shop that introduced its own product realizes the advantages of designing and machining a part under the same roof.
Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC
By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.
The 400° Difference
Cryogenic machining achieves dramatic tool life gains not by flooding the cut, but by refrigerating the tool.
Easily Upgrade Machines with Hexapods
If you are like me, you’ve never heard of a hexapod until recently (or now), but I put two and two together to figure out that it was a machining apparatus with six legs.
Standard Software Addresses Common Machining Challenges
These low-cost VMCs come standard with a number of software features that enable them to compensate for machining’s inherent physical and thermal challenges.
The Online Optimizer
Coming soon: The Machine Tool Genome Project promises to let almost any machine shop use its machining centers more productively. Shops will benefit from tap-test findings without personally tapping any of their own machines or tools.