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.



Global Shop Solutions Offers Website Redesign, Management Service

By: Jedd Cole
The Websites Plus service redesigns manufacturers’ websites and integrates them with the company’s ERP software for order status, shipping and other functions.

GF Machining Solutions Announces Three New U.S. Distributors

By: Jedd Cole
Ellison Technologies, D&R Machinery and Hartwig Inc. now serve GF customers throughout the Northwest and West.

So You’re in the Market for a Machine Tool—Start Your Search by Asking “Why”

By: Jedd Cole
There’s nothing worse than buying a new machine that ends up neglected in the corner because it’s the wrong one for the job. Some key questions at the beginning of your search can help you avoid that.

YCM DCV 2018A-5AX

Five-Axis, Double-Column Vertical Machining Center for Complex Machining

By: Katie Cattell
YCM’s DCV2018A-5AX is a five-axis, double-column VMC well-suited for applications such as special circular machining, multi-angle machining, multi-face machining and curve machining in industries including automotive and die/mold, energy and aerospace.

Emuge, Hurco, Brooks Associates Partner in Tech Center Venture

By: Jedd Cole
Emuge’s Technology Center will offer demos, training and support with the help of Hurco machines.


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