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Vertical Machining Centers (VMCs)

A vertical machining center (VMC) is a machining center with its spindle in a vertical orientation. High-end VMCs are high-precision machines often used for tight-tolerance milling, such as fine die and mold work. Low-cost vertical machining centers are among the most basic CNC machine tools. A low-cost VMC is often a new machine shop’s first machine tool purchase.

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The In-House Advantage


A shop that introduced its own product realizes the advantages of designing and machining a part under the same roof.

When to Mill Keeps Changing


Technology improvements steadily expand the range of tool and die parts that justify high speed machining.

Custom workholding fixture

Looking At 30-Tapers In A New Light


The six 30-taper machine tools in one Northeastern shop are used for more than just drilling holes and performing secondary operations. The small-footprint equipment is also used to machine parts complete from titanium and other challenging materials.



CNC Systems NF series Vision Wide bridge machining center

Bridge-Type Machines Offer Fully Automatic Five-Face Machining

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Designed for moldmaking applications, the SF and NF series Vision Wide bridge machining centers available from CNC Systems both offer fully automatic five-face machining.

Fives Cincinnati modular Precision Mill/Trim five-axis gantry machine tool

Vertical Gantry Mill for Large, Nonferrous Components

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Fives Cincinnati’s modular Precision Mill/Trim (PMT) five-axis gantry machine tool is designed for high-speed multiprocessing of large nonferrous components such as composite structures, aluminum skins, molds and patterns.

Sharp Industris SV-2414 boxway mini mill

Mini VMC Resists Heat Generation

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Sharp Industries offers its SV-2414 boxway mini mill with X-, Y- and Z-axis travels measuring 23.6" × 15.7" × 18.1".

A variety of machining centers highlighted in Modern Machine Shop's April product spotlight

Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Stephanie Monsanty
Every print issue of MMS highlights a particular type of product. For March, we focused on VMCs, HMCs and other machining centers.

Hardinge’s 5-Face Bridgeport VMCs for Maximum Capacity

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These 4+1-axis VMCs are designed to achieve maximum capacity and performance in the job shop, OEM, aerospace, medical, electronic, defense, automotive and power generation industries, as well as many other manufacturing sectors, the company says.


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