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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Starrag Heckert HEC 800 X5 MT

Five-Axis Machine Offers High Dynamics for Complex Workpieces

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The Heckert HEC 800 X5 MT five-axis machining center, available from Starrag, provides productivity, process reliability and precise cutting in a single clamping.

Starrag Dorries Scharmann Technology Ecospeed

Machines Offer Parallel Kinematics for Aluminum Components

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Dörries Scharmann Technology (DST), a subsidiary of Starrag Group, extends its Ecospeed range of parallel kinematics machines for productive machining of aluminum structural components in the aerospace industry.

Starrag Heckert DBF 630

HMC Delivers Turning, Drilling, Milling with Single Clamping

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The Heckert DBF 630 HMC, available from Starrag, enables turning, drilling and milling of non-rotational, asymmetrical parts in a single clamping with one toolholder.

Hybrid Machine Combines Additive, Subtractive Processes

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DMG MORI’s Lasertec 65 hybrid manufacturing machine combines additive and subtractive processes to produce a complete part from powder.

How Much Can Unattended Production Add?

By: Peter Zelinski
Using a horizontal machining center, this shop kept production going through two 10-hour shifts per day. That seemed like a lot, but a pallet system enabled the shop to go even further.


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