What is Vertical Machining?


Machining, also known as milling, relies on rotary cutters to remove metal from a workpiece. Vertical machining occurs on a vertical machining center (VMC), which employs a spindle with a vertical orientation. With a vertically oriented spindle, tools stick straight down from the tool holder, and often cut across the top of a workpiece.

Why Mazak Vertical Machining Centers?

While our vertical machining centers range in size and capacity, we design each one with quality, reliability, ease of operation and safety in mind. Furthermore, thanks to our Production-On-Demand manufacturing philosophy, all of our vertical machining centers incorporate the latest, most advanced milling technology for boosting productivity and growing your business.

Vertical Machining Benefits

  • 3-, 4- and 5-axis capabilities for infinite possibilities as to the part shapes you can process
  • Temperature stability through integral cooling
  • MX Hybrid Roller Guides provide durability and reliability for long-term accuracy
  • On-board probing for part location and feature inspection with the cutting cycle
  • User-friendly CNC controls simplify programming and increase productivity
  • Pallet changers that increase spindle utilization and reduce part cycle times

A Vertical Machining Solution for Every Application Type

VC Series

A value inspired design that puts Mazak quality and performance within reach. The VC Series covers your machining needs, all while offering various spindle and ATC configurations to match your application.

  • Spindles: 10K, 12K, 15K and 20K
  • Spindle Connections: CAT40, BT40 and HSK-63s
  • ATC: 18, 24, 30, 40 and 60 tools
  • Series range: 3-Axis vertical, 5-Axis trunnion and 2 pallet changer designs

VCN Series

A world class series of machines that can handle everything from small lot jobs shops to high production and everything in between. The robust C-frame and moving table design exceeds expectations even in the most demanding of applications all while offering years of dependability.

  • Spindles: 15K and 20K
  • Spindle Connections: CAT40, CAT40/BIG PLUS, CAT50, BT40 and HSK-63
  • ATC: 30, 48 and 60 tools
  • Series range: 3-Axis vertical, 5-Axis trunnion and 2 pallet changer designs

VTC Series

The VTC (Vertical Traveling Column Series) is a fixed table design vertical mill that offers both CAT40 and CAT50 along with multiple table sizes allowing shops the capability of machining larger workpieces with extreme rigidity and speed. Optional table partition (removable) allows the flexibility of a standard machine and that of 2 pallet changer style machine all in one.

  • Spindles: 6K, 10K, 12K, 15K, 18K and 20K
  • Spindle Connections: CAT40, CAT40/BIG PLUS, BT40 and CAT50
  • ATC: 24, 40, and 48 tools
  • Series range: 3-Axis vertical, 4-Axis rotary and optional table partition

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Contact your local Mazak Representative or visit one of our Technology Centers to identify what Mazak Machining Center best fits your part-processing needs.