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Machining Centers & Milling Machines

The term “machining center” describes almost any CNC milling and drilling machine that includes an automatic toolchanger and a table that clamps the workpiece in place. On a machining center, the tool rotates, but the work does not. The orientation of the spindle is the most fundamental defining characteristic of a machining center. Vertical machining centers generally favor precision while horizontal machining centers generally favor production—but these are loose generalizations, and plenty of machining centers break out of them. Another common machining center type is the five-axis machining center, which is able to pivot the tool and/or the part in order to mill and drill at various orientations.

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A Compact but Rigid VMC for Machining Titanium Blades

By: Mark Albert
In recent years, machine tool builders have developed models specifically designed for the efficient machining of titanium and other hard metals.

OKK HMC500 HMC

HMC Designed for Faster Cycle Times

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
OKK’s HMC500 horizontal machining center features a 500-mm pallet to accommodate large workpieces and is intended to provide faster cycle times.

Methods-Yasda PX30i five-axis VMC

Five-Axis Machining Center for OEMs, Job Shops

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Methods-Yasda PX-30i is a five-axis high-precision automated vertical machining center designed to meet OEM and job shop requirements.

Five-Axis HMC Equipped with Work-Pallet Magazine

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Makino’s a51nx-5XU five-axis horizontal machining center incorporates a fifth-axis table and work pallet magazine, and is intended to serve as an alternative to single-pallet-load vertical machining centers for machining of small parts.

Toyoda FH630SX-I HMC

HMC Enables Aggressive Cutting of Large Workpieces

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The FH630SX-I horizontal machining center from Toyoda Machinery USA is a 630-mm-sized linear guideway machine that offers a standard 8,000-rpm spindle providing 37 kW (1,009 Nm) of torque and features dual ballscrews on the Y and Z axes.


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