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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Remember Fadal? It’s Back

By: Derek Korn
At IMTS 2014, you’ll see that a familiar U.S. machine tool brand is back.

Okuma MU-6300V VMC

VMC Equipped with FSM for Unattended Operation

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Okuma will display its vertical machining center equipped with a Palletace flexible manufacturing system (FMS) for unattended operation.

HMC Offers Thermal Stability for Large-Part Applications

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Okuma says its MA-12500H horizontal machining center (HMC) is designed to balance speed and cutting power for machining aluminum alloys, cast iron and difficult-to-machine materials.

Clamping Options for Five-Axis Machining

By: Peter Zelinski
In five-axis machining, the workholding has to get out of the way. The wrong choice of clamping risks collision and can obscure one of the principal benefits of a five-axis machine.

DMC America FM 50V

VMC Provides High-Speed, Rigid Operation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
DMC America will introduce its FM 50V vertical machining center at the show, intended to meet the need for a fast, functional machine with high-speed processing controls.


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