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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.



EM Series High-Speed VMC

By: Lori Beckman (editor)
The EM Series from Chevalier is a high-speed VMC that is engineered to satisfy the need for large quantity machining with limited floor space.

Video: Robot Changes Vise Jaws for Continuous Machining

By: Peter Zelinski
If a robot can load and unload parts, why can’t it do the same for workholding? Here is video of a robot changing the vise jaws so the same machining center can run different operations in unattended machining.

Product Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Stephanie Monsanty
The March issue includes a spotlight section on machining centers. Click through the slideshow to learn more about these machines and others.

Doosan DNM 200/5AX VMC

March 2015 Product Spotlight Slideshow: Machining Centers

By: Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
Click through this slideshow for HMCs, VMCs, multitasking centers and more.

Micromachining Evolution

By: Derek Korn
Challenge Machine continues to add high-speed equipment for the increasing amount of micromachining work it is performing. Here are some lessons it has learned along the way, using tools as small as 0.001 inch in diameter.


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