Machining Centers & Milling Machines

The term “machining center” describes almost any CNC milling and drilling machine that includes an automatic toolchanger and a table that clamps the workpiece in place. On a machining center, the tool rotates, but the work does not. The orientation of the spindle is the most fundamental defining characteristic of a machining center. Vertical machining centers generally favor precision while horizontal machining centers generally favor production—but these are loose generalizations, and plenty of machining centers break out of them. Another common machining center type is the five-axis machining center, which is able to pivot the tool and/or the part in order to mill and drill at various orientations.
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So You’re in the Market for a Machine Tool—Start by Asking “Why?”

There’s nothing worse than buying a new machine that ends up neglected in the corner because it’s the wrong one for the job. Some key questions at the beginning of your search can help you avoid that.

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Manufacturing News of Note: April 2018

Absolute Machine Tools turns 30, a new manufacturing cybersecurity hub in the works and other industry news.
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Updated HMCs Support Unattended Operation

IMTS 2018: Makino’s latest a51nx and a61nx HMCs feature increased spindle torque and improved tool monitoring.



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