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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.



VMC Enables Lean Small-Part Production

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Enshu USA’s GE300Ve vertical machining center is specifically designed for efficient production of small parts in a lean line.

A Case Study in Craftsmanship

By: Russ Willcutt
With some 300 models of machine tools on offer, and new technologies such as the i5 CNC control now on the market, SMTCL is showing aggressive—and impressive—growth.

Millac 852V II VMC

VMC Offers High Rigidity, Heavy Cutting Ability

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The Millac 852V II vertical machining center from Okuma is well-suited for machining large, heavy workpieces.

Multi-Purpose VMC with Tilting Spindle Head

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The Doosan VCF850LSR, a vertical machining center featuring a traveling column design with a tilting spindle head, is capable of machining a range of parts, using as much as five axes simultaneously.

Doosan VCF850LSR VMC

Traveling-Column VMC Machines Five Sides Simultaneously

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The Doosan VCF850LSR vertical machining center features a versatile traveling-column design with a tilting B-axis spindle head and a 500-mm (19.685") rotary table for machining multiple sides of a workpiece at once.


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