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


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.



A Compact but Rigid VMC for Machining Titanium Blades

By: Mark Albert
In recent years, machine tool builders have developed models specifically designed for the efficient machining of titanium and other hard metals.

Methods-Yasda PX30i five-axis VMC

Five-Axis Machining Center for OEMs, Job Shops

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Methods-Yasda PX-30i is a five-axis high-precision automated vertical machining center designed to meet OEM and job shop requirements.

VMC Enables Lean Small-Part Production

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Enshu USA’s GE300Ve vertical machining center is specifically designed for efficient production of small parts in a lean line.

A Case Study in Craftsmanship

By: Russ Willcutt
With some 300 models of machine tools on offer, and new technologies such as the i5 CNC control now on the market, SMTCL is showing aggressive—and impressive—growth.

Millac 852V II VMC

VMC Offers High Rigidity, Heavy Cutting Ability

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The Millac 852V II vertical machining center from Okuma is well-suited for machining large, heavy workpieces.


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