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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Opportunities for Hybrid Manufacturing in Oilfield Applications

A contract manufacturer is finding uses for a hybrid additive manufacturing and five-axis milling machine for oilfield drills, valves and other end-use components.

Vertical Machining Cells Challenge Horizontal Dominance

When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more.
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Hydraulic Actuating Cylinder Features Built-In Trapping

Forkardt Inc., part of the Hardinge Group, has released its HWC hydraulic actuating cylinder offering higher rpm and operating pressures.

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