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.



SNK America FSP-80V

Five-Axis VMC Performs Complex Contouring

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
The FSP-80V vertical machining center from SNK America is intended as a cost-effective alternative for applications requiring complex, simultaneous five-axis contouring of difficult-to-cut materials.

GF Mikron HSM 500 MoldMaster

Milling Center Produces Mold Cores, EDM Electrodes

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
Available from GF Machining Solutions, the Mikron HSM 500 MoldMaster high-speed milling machine was designed with die/mold makers in mind.

retrofit additive head

Easing the Entry into Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
With funding from America Makes, Optomec and MachMotion worked together to develop a retrofit additive manufacturing system for machining centers.

F500 Plus VMC Offers High Speed Axis Travel

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
The F500 Plus VMC uses a high-precision, high-torque Big Plus spindle in a construction that virtually eliminates thermal growth during heavy-duty cutting.

VMC1000B Machining Center Machines Variety of Materials

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
The VMC1000B from SMTCL-Americas is a machining center that has been designed to be effective in machining a variety of materials, including composites, aluminum, steel and titanium.


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