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.



Hyundai Wia Appoints North America VP

By: Jedd Cole
Steve Pegram will be vice president over the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Absolute Machine Tools Acquires Longtime Distributor

By: Jedd Cole
Machine Tool Technology-21 Inc. adds several machine tool sales and application specialists to Absolute’s Elgin, Illinois, Technical Center.

SMTCL Hosts 200 at Technology Event

By: Jedd Cole
The two-day event in March presented eight machine tool demos and several seminars.

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Edge Factor Partners with Haas Automation to Film Virtual Field Trip, Career Profile Videos

By: Jedd Cole
The videos are part of the media team’s broader STEM education efforts.

MC Machinery Systems Hires National Sales Manager for Machining Technologies Division

By: Jedd Cole
Fred Puzon has 26 years of experience in the metalworking industry.


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