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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Sharp Industries UH3 horizontal milling machine

Horizontal Milling Machine’s Universal Table Accommodates Gears

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Sharp Industries’ model UH3 horizontal milling machine offers a universal table that is well-suited for gear cutting.

Tool Monitoring for Multitasking Machines

By: Mark Albert
Continuously checking the condition of cutting tools and responding appropriately to wear or other changes is especially critical on machines designed to complete parts in a single setup or run several operation simultaneously.

Adopting a 24/7 Mindset

By: Derek Korn
This shop considered a number of factors before establishing an effective process to run an HMC cell around the clock for applications in aerospace, oilfield and other industries.

From Media to Manufacturing

From Media to Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
Video producers with no previous knowledge of CNC discover the power and possibilities of modern machine tool technology. Their example says something about where manufacturing talent might come from, and also about the importance of manufacturing as a whole.

Flexible Manufacturing System Shortens Lead Times

By: Edited by: Emily Probst
A Makino MMC cell and a81 machines provide a flexible production environment that helped Roush Industries take on a wider variety of work with shortened lead times.


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