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.



Chevalier FVM series double-column vertical machining center

Double-Column VMC Designed for Rigidity

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Chevalier’s range of FVM double-column vertical machining centers features oversized columns; wide boxway spacing on a slanted Y axis; and a close, symmetrical Z-axis design for a rigid, stable structure.

Micromachining Center Reduces Energy Consumption

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Willemin-Macodel’s 701S three-axis micromachining center offers a compact footprint measuring 1 m2 and reduced energy consumption for toolmaking, watchmaking and micromold applications.

YCM Americas NXV 1020AM vertical machining center

VMC for Precision Die/Mold Applications

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The NXV 1020AM vertical machining center from YCM Americas is designed for die and mold machining applications.

CNC Systems NF series Vision Wide bridge machining center

Bridge-Type Machines Offer Fully Automatic Five-Face Machining

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Designed for moldmaking applications, the SF and NF series Vision Wide bridge machining centers available from CNC Systems both offer fully automatic five-face machining.

Fives Cincinnati modular Precision Mill/Trim five-axis gantry machine tool

Vertical Gantry Mill for Large, Nonferrous Components

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Fives Cincinnati’s modular Precision Mill/Trim (PMT) five-axis gantry machine tool is designed for high-speed multiprocessing of large nonferrous components such as composite structures, aluminum skins, molds and patterns.


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