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.
Five-axis machining
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Get Five-Axis Machining on a Three-Axis VMC

Machine shops want and need to eliminate steps in the manufacturing process. Adding four- or five-axis capability to an existing three-axis VMC is a practical way to achieve five-sided machining using a single setup. 

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Moving Forward with Self-Directed Work Teams

We all deal with change in different ways. It’s critical to first, recognize, and next, do something constructive about it. The Ohio shop is well on its way on both fronts.
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Variaxis i-300 Five-Axis Machine Features Auto Workchanger

Mazak’s Variaxis i-300 simultaneous five-axis vertical machining center is designed for automated small- to medium-size part-processing operations and can machine aluminum and other nonferrous metals for a variety of industries.




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