Mazak VC-Ez 20 Provides Cost-Efficient Vertical Machining

Mazak’s VC-Ez 20 three-axis vertical machining center with onboard Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC offers an affordable, compact option for reliable, precise machining.


Facebook Share Icon LinkedIn Share Icon Twitter Share Icon Share by EMail icon Print Icon
A photo of the Mazak VC-Ez 20

Mazak has launched its VC-Ez Series of three-axis vertical machining centers, which it describes as a lower-cost solution for reliable machine-tool performance. Featuring the company's new Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC and optimized for simple operation as well as fast and easy installation, the company says its VC-Ez machines offer enhanced ergonomics, stable and reliable part processing and long-term dependability.

The VC-Ez Series launches with the VC-Ez 20, and soon will include both the smaller VC-Ez 16 and larger VC-Ez 26. All VC-Ez Series machines sport C-frame designs with X- and Y-axis motion via moving tables and saddles. For rigidity and repeatable part precision, guideway systems use Mazak’s MX linear roller guide systems, and pre-tensioned ball screws ensure precise axis movement. Auger-type chip removal systems provide economical operation, with optional hinge-type chip conveyors that ship affixed to the machines to eliminate additional shipping pallets.

Axis travels for the VC-Ez 20 measure 41.34” in X, 20.08” in Y and 25” in Z, allowing the machine to accommodate workpieces 49.21” long, 19.37” wide and 22.4” tall and weighing up to 2,204 lbs. The machine has a 26.5% smaller footprint compared to other models, measuring only 102.65 ft.2

The VC-Ez 20 features a powerful 40-taper, 12,000-rpm, 25-hp spindle and 30-tool magazine automatic tool changer. Options include a versatile 15,000-rpm, 29.5-hp spindle with 81.13 ft-lb torque and a 50-tool capacity tool changer.

Mazak’s Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC provides dual 800 MHz processors, 512 MB of RAM and a vibrant 15" capacitive touchscreen that displays up to 60 lines of code. Within the control, EIA/G-code and Mazatrol programming languages support a full range of programming options directly on the machine.

Shops can preview the VC-Ez Series machines and Mazatrol SmoothEz CNC at Mazak’s new Ez Series website, https://www.MazakUSA.com/Ez.


  • Don’t Forget The Drawbar

    The force that holds the toolholder in the machining center's spindle can weaken over time. If you haven't checked drawbar force in a while, this may be the weak link in your process.

  • The Art and Science of Hand-Scraping Ways on CNC Machine Tools

    Hand-scraping the mating surfaces of a CNC machine tool’s motion system offers myriad advantages.

  • How One Shop Machines Advanced Ceramics

    Years of trial and error combined with the appropriate machining technology allow this company to produce custom parts made of alumina, zirconia, boron nitride and other advanced ceramic materials. One example of key machining technology is a five-axis machining center used exclusively to produce the complex, tightly toleranced geometry that fire-hardened workpieces require.