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.



Pallet System Software Boosts Cell Flexibility

By: Mark Albert
The software running this shop’s newest FMS from Fastems adds a layer of automation that enhances the inherent flexibility, productivity and effectiveness of lights-out operation. Dynamic job scheduling is the key.

Sharp Industries KMA-5H vertica-bed-type milling machine

Vertical-Bed-Type Mill Increases Efficiency, Accuracy for Large Workpieces

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Sharp Industries’ KMA-5H large-size vertical-bed-type milling machine is designed to increase efficiency and accuracy on large workpieces with X-, Y- and Z-axis travels measuring 98" × 31.5" × 27.5".

Soraluce KB-150-WR horizontal boring machine

Horizontal Boring Machine Handles Large Workpieces with Thermal Stability

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Soraluce’s KB-150-WR T-type horizontal boring machine provides high efficiency and durability for multi-face machining of large workpieces.

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.


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