Vertical Machining Centers

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The eye-opening story of how one vertical machining center renovated a small machine shop that makes prototypes and runs small batches for electronics, aerospace, glass and industrial printing applications.
Vertical Machining Centers: Articles

Before You Buy That VMC

A vertical machining center should have a robust spindle design with exceptional horsepower, superior torque and wide-ranging spindle speed that cuts a wide variety of materials in reduced cycle times.
When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to evaluate these seven critical features that have the greatest impact on the productivity and profitability of that machine tool.

All-Vertical Shaft Machining

All soft machining – from cutting to size and centering through to deep drilling and multi-axis turning (up to 4 axes possible) – is performed on VTC 250 DUO machines.
Chang'an Automobile decided to handle the comprehensive turning, drilling and grinding work required for this critical engine part with a multi-stage production line from EMAG that performs all of the machining processes vertically, a process that offers many benefits.

Corporate Profile: Makino

An overview of the company and its organization, products, services and capabilities.

Factors You Must Consider When Purchasing a New VMC

In a typical production machine shop, the processing capabilities required can vary greatly between applications: some value power and torque over rpm, others value spindle speed more than torque or power. To ensure the highest level of productivity in all cases, all of these factors must be evaluated when considering a new investment in a vertical machining center.


Vertical Machining Centers: Industry News

Karlstadt Machining Doubles in Size

Owner Dave Karlstadt (left) has doubled his machining business in six years, moving into a new 12,000 sq ft facility that now has 17 employees. His shop now has 19 Okuma machine tools that are primarily used for cutting large parts for the oil and steel industries.
The shop invests in a new Okuma vertical machining center to meet current demand, with plans to add three more machines over the next five years.

Cal Poly Receives Machine Tool from SMTCL

With the new SMTCL VMC850E, students will have a better chance at spending more time working on the machines, while also cutting costs and saving time before competitions for Formula SAE begin.
Engineering students receive a VMC850E vertical machining center. 

GF Machining Solutions Helps Lotus F1 Team

Each of the six identical 5-axis Mikron HPM 450U machine tools has a compact footprint, integrated automation features, performance value and reliability to effectively cut through a wide range of materials, from aluminum, steel, and stainless steel to extremely difficult-to-machine materials.
The Lotus F1 Team invested in six high-performance, cost-effective Mikron HPM 450U 5-axis machine tools with integrated automation to produce its precision, complex F1 car parts in low quantities. These replaced 3-axis milling machines that were not performing at the desired productivity levels.


Vertical Machining Centers: Products

Hybrid Multi-Tasking Technology

As a turnkey system, the Integrex i-400AM hybrid multi-tasking machine from Mazak offers manufacturers a new innovative alternative to conventional processing in terms of part design and machining. It is ideal for small lot production of very difficult-to-cut materials used in aerospace applications. Its additive capability can easily generate/clad near-net-shape component features, then quickly complete them with high-precision finish machining operations, as well as laser mark parts if needed.
Ideal for small lot production of difficult-to-cut materials used in aerospace applications, the Integrex i-400AM hybrid multi-tasking machine from Mazak can easily generate/clad near-net-shape component features, then quickly complete them with high-precision finish machining operations.

High-End Machining at an Affordable Price

The new compact Tongtai CT-350 five-axis vertical machining center from Absolute Machine Tools boasts high-end machine construction and performance at an affordable price. Rigidity is ensured by its C-frame structure, 45 mm roller type guideways and pre-tensioned, large diameter ballscrews. The column has a wide span, making it torsion-resistant while cutting 5-axis parts.
The Tongtai CT-350 five-axis VMC, the Tongtai SH-4000 HMC and the Johnford DMC Series double-column moving table bridge mill from Absolute Machine Tools handle any variety of aerospace part applications.

Ultra Precise Machining Accuracy

Vertex 75X II vertical machining centers from Mitsui Seiki are constructed with a unique “box-in-box” design and hand-scraped guideway mounting surfaces for superior rigidity, stiffness and agility that is ideal for the high speed machining of tight-tolerance aerospace parts. They offer unparalleled machine geometry, with 0.000040 in positioning accuracy in X, Y, and Z axes; ±6 arc seconds in A-axis; and ±4 arc seconds in C-axis.
Ideal for tight-tolerance aerospace component applications, the geometric accuracy of the Mitsui Seiki Vertex 75X II is carefully monitored in the tightest temperature-controlled factory environment in the world.