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.



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Micron-Tolerance Machining Means Never Looking Back

By: Matt Danford
Different tools and machining strategies have driven this shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center.

Enshu WE30Ve

VMC for High-Speed Machining

By: Katie Cattell
Enshu USA introduces the WE30Ve VMC designed for high-speed, high-precision machining of small to medium-sized parts.

GMTA Rasoma

Machining Centers Offer Rigidity, Stability

By: Katie Cattell
German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) now offers a full line of Rasoma machining centers, used primarily for gear making, to its customer base in automotive powertrain, off-highway and other high-performance markets.

Romi D 1500

Durable VMC Performs Heavy Cutting

By: Jedd Cole
The Romi D 1500 vertical machining center is designed for durability, rigidity and capacity combined with dynamic and speed.

Takumi USA Opens Showroom ahead of Brand Launch

By: Jedd Cole
Takumi will use its new showroom to introduce its brand to the North American market.


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