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.



Yasda YMC 430 Ver. II micromachining center

Micromachining Center for Die/Mold Applications

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Yasda YMC 430 Ver. II micromachining center is designed for precise manufacturing and high-quality surface finishes required on small, complex features in components, dies and molds for applications in the medical and semiconductor industries.

Makino iQ300 micromachining center

Micromachining Center Promotes Component Temperature Control

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Makino’s iQ300 precision micromachining center offers improved component temperature control and 0.005-micron scale feedback for sub-micron accuracy.

Moving Forward with Self-Directed Work Teams

By: Chris Koepfer
We all deal with change in different ways. It’s critical to first, recognize, and next, do something constructive about it. The Ohio shop is well on its way on both fronts.

Okuma Millac 852V II VMC

VMC Accommodates Large, Heavy Workpieces

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The base column of Okuma’s Millac 852V II vertical machining center features ribbing to counter chatter and twisting during heavy-duty cutting.

EM Series High-Speed VMC

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
The EM Series from Chevalier is a high-speed VMC that is engineered to satisfy the need for large quantity machining with limited floor space.


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