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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Enshu GE590H horizontal machining center

HMC Accurately Machines Large Parts

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The GE590H, Enshu’s largest horizontal machining center, is designed for large-part applications that demand both high-volume metal removal as well as precision.

SMTCL Americas VMC1100B

VMC Delivers High Rapid Traverse Rates

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
SMTCL Americas introduces its VMC1100B vertical machining center, which features a 12,000-rpm direct-drive spindle with 30-hp peak performance, 290-psi delivery of coolant through the spindle and a 24-position toolchanger.

Sharptech Precision Machinery Super 1320

VMC Eliminates Backlash in Mold Production

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Sharptech Precision Machinery’s Super 1320 vertical machining center is designed for mold processing.

Methods Machine Tools KMH-300

Compact HMC Features Integrated Rotary B Axis

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Methods Machine Tools offers the compact, direct-drive KMH-300 horizontal machining center as an addition to its Kiwa line.

Mazak HCN-5000/50 HMC

Updated HMC Optimizes Performance for Heavy Parts Production

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Mazak has redesigned its HCN-5000/50 horizontal machining center to include the Smooth Technology platform and Mazatrol SmoothG CNC, augmenting productivity and performance in heavy-parts production.

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