Metal Cutting

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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From Media to Manufacturing

From Media to Manufacturing


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.

Taking the Long View on Short Runs


Certain jobs require a processing strategy that strikes a balance between the needs of high-volume production and low-quantity toolroom work. Reorganizing material flows and investing in machining centers designed specifically for small lots helped this manufacturer find that middle ground.

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The Challenges of Machining Glass-Filled Plastics


Plastics reinforced with glass present more machining variables to manage than conventional metals. This shop has developed a process to overcome those challenges and has become more adroit at short-run work along the way.



Okuma’s Five-Axis VMC Delivers High Accuracy and Productivity

By: Lori Beckman
This versatile machine is available with an array of spindle options, designed to provide a configuration for almost any five-axis job.

Johnford SV-60H

Heavy-Duty VMC Provides High-Accuracy Positioning

By: Jedd Cole
The Johnford SV-60H vertical machining center, available from Absolute Machine Tools, is designed for durability, rigidity and capacity combined with speed.

large-size plates

Gantry Machine Streamlines Mold Production

By: Emily Probst
Century Tool and Gage's large-size plates used in the injection-molding process were causing production bottlenecks. The Annihilator gantry machining center from Quickmill improved productivity and quality.

YDC Precision Makino PS95

VMC Helps Shop Find Tight-Tolerance Niche

By: Emily Probst
YDC Precision Machine's VMCs needed more capacity and capability, so it invested in a Makino PS95 vertical machining center that cut cycle times in half.

Hardinge Bridgeport Conquest V480 APC E

VMC’s Improved Automatic Pallet Changer Handles Heavier Loads

By: Jedd Cole
Hardinge offers Bridgeport’s fully digital Conquest V480 APC E series vertical machining center with Mitsubishi M70 CNC.


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