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.



Methods Machine Tools Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell

Robot-Tended VMC Cell Changes Multiple Workpieces Simultaneously

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Available from Methods Machine Tools, the Twin RoboDrill JobShop Cell features two FANUC D21 RoboDrill vertical machining centers serviced by a single articulating FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot.

Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Stephanie Monsanty
Automatic pallet changers and support for automation are some popular features of recently released machining centers. View the December slideshow for more on these machines.

DMG MORI NHX 4000 2nd Generation horizontal machining center

December 2014 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Stephanie Monsanty
View the December slideshow to see some of the latest vertical, horizontal and five-axis machining centers.

Mazak Variaxis i-700 VMC

VMC Enables Unattended Operations

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Mazak’s Variaxis i-700 vertical machining center accurately processes long parts as well as those with complex profiled surfaces in single setups.

SMTCL VMC850E VMC

VMC Designed for Job Shops

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The VMC850E vertical machining center from SMTCL Americas offers a compact layout, large side doors and extended axis travels, making it particularly well-suited for use in small job shops, the company says.


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