Vertical Machining – General

Our vertical machining centers are typically capable of beveling, drilling, and tapping metals to our customers’ precise specifications.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What metal types are processed by a vertical machining center?


    A vertical machining center (VMC) can process a variety of metal types in different forms, including:

    1. Plate metal: VMCs can be used to machine large metal plates for various applications, such as building construction, machinery, and equipment.
    2. Sheet metal: Thin sheets of metal, such as aluminum or steel, can be machined on a VMC to create intricate shapes and designs.
    3. Bar stock: Solid metal bars, such as round or square bars, can be machined on a VMC to create precision parts.
    4. Channels and angles: Metal channels and angles can be machined on a VMC to create custom shapes and sizes.
    5. Beams: Heavy metal beams, such as those used in building construction, can be machined on a VMC to create precise cuts and holes.
    6. Pipes and tubes: Metal pipes and tubes can be machined on a VMC to create custom shapes and sizes, such as for use in the oil and gas industry or for piping systems in buildings.

    The specific type of metal and the machining process required will determine the appropriate cutting tools, speeds, and feeds to use on the VMC.

  • What are the most common carbon steel grades processed on a vertical machining center?


    Carbon steel is a common type of metal that is frequently processed on a vertical machining center (VMC). The most commonly processed carbon steel grades on a VMC are:

    1. 1018: This is a low-carbon steel that is easy to machine and has good weldability and formability. It is often used in general-purpose applications such as gears, shafts, and couplings.
    2. 1045: This is a medium-carbon steel that is often used in the manufacturing of gears, axles, shafts, and other machine parts that require high strength and wear resistance.
    3. 4140: This is a high-strength, medium-carbon steel that is often used in the manufacture of components such as gears, shafts, and bolts that require high tensile strength, toughness, and wear resistance.
    4. A36: This is a low-carbon steel that is commonly used in construction and structural applications, such as building frames and bridges.

    The specific carbon steel grade used will depend on the application and the required mechanical properties of the final product. Machining carbon steel on a VMC typically requires the use of carbide cutting tools, and the appropriate cutting speeds, feeds, and coolant to achieve the desired finish and accuracy.

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