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


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.



Micromachining Evolution

By: Derek Korn
Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.

Yasda YBM Vi40 five-axis milling machine

Five-Axis Jig Boring and Milling Machine for Die-Mold

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Yasda YBM Vi40 five-axis vertical jig boring and milling machine is intended for high-accuracy hard milling of complex dies, molds and components.

Kitamura Machinery Mycenter-3XD VMC

VMC Offers Large Work Envelope within Compact Design

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Kitamura Machinery’s high-capacity Mycenter-3XD vertical machining center is designed to save space while offering a larger work envelope.

Three-Axis VMC Enables Continuous Small Part Production

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Designed for high productivity, Mazak’s Vertical Center Universal (VCU) 500A is a small-footprint, three-axis machining center capable of processing workpieces ranging to 19.68" × 19.68" × 9.84".

DMG MORI NVC 5100 VMC

VMC Increases Stability with Slideways

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
DMG MORI’s NVX 5100 vertical machining center is designed to promote machining efficiency with high spindle speeds, and increased stability and vibration damping through the use of slideways.


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