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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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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.



AMT Moves to Nearby Location during Construction of Larger Office

By: Jedd Cole
This temporary location is just a few blocks away from the site of the organization’s new construction project.

Jergens FastForward Technology Center

Jergens Opens Educational Technology Center

By: Jedd Cole
The FastForward program has been provided with equipment from Haas Automation and Parlec.

Fives Opens Global Services Center in Alabama

By: Jedd Cole
The new center, located in Birmingham, will be led by Director John D’Amato.

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Making Machine Tool Research Accessible

By: Jedd Cole
With a decision as weighty as acquiring a new machine tool, it helps to have as much data as possible close at hand.

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.


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