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.



DMG MORI Ultrasonic 20 Linear 2nd Generation

Extended Range of Ultrasonic Machining Centers

By: Katie Cattell
DMG MORI extends its ultrasonic machining center portfolio with the Ultrasonic 20 linear 2nd Generation.

Camfil APC Makes Organizational Changes

By: Jedd Cole
John Poehler will serve the United States and Canada and manage a reorganized internal group.

Waldrich Coburg Taurus 30

Bridge-Type Milling Machines for Heavy Milling

By: Katie Cattell
Waldrich Coburg’s Taurus 25 and 30 bridge-type milling machines provide heavy milling capabilities for applications ranging from five-sided frames to five-axis contouring of complex shapes.

Doosan DNM series

VMCs Feature Larger Working Envelope, Same Footprint

By: Katie Cattell
Doosan Machine Tools America’s updated DNM series of VMCs feature faster spindle acceleration and deceleration rates as well as an upgraded FANUC OiMF control to provide quicker processing speed.

Integrating Additive Manufacturing without Inhibiting Machining

By: Peter Zelinski
CNC machining is the superior process for dimensional precision. Can AM be added to the machine tool without compromising this strength?


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