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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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YCM Americas NXV 1020AM vertical machining center

VMC for Precision Die/Mold Applications

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The NXV 1020AM vertical machining center from YCM Americas is designed for die and mold machining applications.

CNC Systems NF series Vision Wide bridge machining center

Bridge-Type Machines Offer Fully Automatic Five-Face Machining

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Designed for moldmaking applications, the SF and NF series Vision Wide bridge machining centers available from CNC Systems both offer fully automatic five-face machining.

OKK HMC400 horizontal machining center

HMC with Lightweight Column Promotes Rigidity

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OKK’s HMC400 horizontal machining center is designed for high-speed machining with a lightweight column featuring a rigid, stepped-X-axis rail design.

Suhner single-tool Multi-Master flex shaft machining units

Machining Units Accommodate Bulky Workpieces

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Suhner offers single-tool Multi-Master flex shaft machining units that can be positioned in any direction around a workpiece.

Fives Cincinnati modular Precision Mill/Trim five-axis gantry machine tool

Vertical Gantry Mill for Large, Nonferrous Components

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Fives Cincinnati’s modular Precision Mill/Trim (PMT) five-axis gantry machine tool is designed for high-speed multiprocessing of large nonferrous components such as composite structures, aluminum skins, molds and patterns.


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