Vertical Machining Centers (VMC)

CNC vertical machining centers (VMCs) remain machine shop staples. These milling machines have vertically oriented spindles that approach workpieces mounted on their table from above and commonly perform 2.5- or 3-axis machining operations. They are less costly than horizontal machining centers (HMCs), which makes them attractive to small job shops as well as larger machining operations. In addition, the performance of these machines has increased over the years, leveraging technologies such as high-speed spindles and advanced CNC capabilities (including conversational control programming). Ancillary equipment is also available to increase the flexibility and capability of these machines, including spindle speeders, angle heads, tool- and part-probes, quick-change workholding devices, and rotary indexers to enable four- or five-axis machining work.
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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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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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