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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.


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.

SMTCL Americas VMC1100B

VMC Delivers High Rapid Traverse Rates

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
SMTCL Americas introduces its VMC1100B vertical machining center, which features a 12,000-rpm direct-drive spindle with 30-hp peak performance, 290-psi delivery of coolant through the spindle and a 24-position toolchanger.

Sharptech Precision Machinery Super 1320

VMC Eliminates Backlash in Mold Production

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Sharptech Precision Machinery’s Super 1320 vertical machining center is designed for mold processing.

Enshu GE590H

December 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Jedd Cole
This month’s Modern Equipment Review Spotlight focuses on machining centers.

Haas Mini Mill VMC

Redesigned Mini VMC Includes Features for Ease of Use

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Haas has redesigned its Mini Mill small-footprint VMCs with a focus on improving ease of use and operator productivity.

GF Machining Solutions HSM 500 MoldMaster

Machining Center for Die/Mold Ensures Thermal Stability

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The HSM 500 MoldMaster (MM) machining center from GF Machining Solutions is designed to produce die/mold-related components, from 58-Rc steel mold cores to hot pressing dies to sinker-EDM electrodes for intricate mold cavities.

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