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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The In-House Advantage


A shop that introduced its own product realizes the advantages of designing and machining a part under the same roof.

When to Mill Keeps Changing


Technology improvements steadily expand the range of tool and die parts that justify high speed machining.

Custom workholding fixture

Looking At 30-Tapers In A New Light


The six 30-taper machine tools in one Northeastern shop are used for more than just drilling holes and performing secondary operations. The small-footprint equipment is also used to machine parts complete from titanium and other challenging materials.



Through-Coolant Capability Reduces Cycle Time

By: Edited by: Emily Probst
Aided by Walter Titex tooling and a new higher-rpm machine tool from Fryer, Toolmasters Inc. was able to cut cycle time on a complex die set.

From Media to Manufacturing

From Media to Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
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.

Remember Fadal? It’s Back

By: Derek Korn
At IMTS 2014, you’ll see that a familiar U.S. machine tool brand is back.

Okuma MU-6300V VMC

VMC Equipped with FSM for Unattended Operation

By: Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Okuma will display its vertical machining center equipped with a Palletace flexible manufacturing system (FMS) for unattended operation.

DMC America FM 50V

VMC Provides High-Speed, Rigid Operation

By: Edited by Jedd Cole
DMC America will introduce its FM 50V vertical machining center at the show, intended to meet the need for a fast, functional machine with high-speed processing controls.


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