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.



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.

OD Turning on a Machining Center

By: Peter Zelinski
A tool like the one seen here can make it possible to machine precise cylindrical features of an otherwise odd-shaped part to a fine finish without resorting to a lathe.

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.


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