Metal Cutting

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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Automated machining processes enable this maker of high-performance mountain bike parts to manufacture efficiently with minimal staff.



People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel

By: Peter Zelinski
A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast.

Yasda YMC 430 Ver. II micromachining center

Micromachining Center for Die/Mold Applications

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Yasda YMC 430 Ver. II micromachining center is designed for precise manufacturing and high-quality surface finishes required on small, complex features in components, dies and molds for applications in the medical and semiconductor industries.

Makino iQ300 micromachining center

Micromachining Center Promotes Component Temperature Control

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Makino’s iQ300 precision micromachining center offers improved component temperature control and 0.005-micron scale feedback for sub-micron accuracy.

Moving Forward with Self-Directed Work Teams

By: Chris Koepfer
We all deal with change in different ways. It’s critical to first, recognize, and next, do something constructive about it. The Ohio shop is well on its way on both fronts.

Automated Five-Axis Cell Streamlines Production

By: Edited by Emily Probst
Abipa Canada made its move into automation leveraging a fixture plate distribution system and an HMC, minimizing setup time and lowering part production costs.


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