The Features and Uses of CNC Verticals

Summary: In a vertical milling machine, the spindle and the cutting tool is positioned vertically, or in an upright direction. A vertical machine enables an operator to cut and shape the work-piece from several different angles.

A milling machine is used for shaping metal, wood, plastic or other solid materials by removing excess or unwanted matter to produce a finished part or component. A finished part is achieved by carrying out several processes such as drilling, cutting, tapping, contouring etc. In this article, we shall focus on a milling machine in the context of the metalworking industry.

While there are several categories of milling machines, the two basic ones are CNC horizontals and CNC verticals. The horizontal machines are used for horizontal milling (as the spindle is positioned horizontally), while the cutting tools work against a vertical surface.

However, in the case of a vertical milling machine, the spindle and the cutting tool is positioned vertically, or in an upright direction. So, the cutter moves up and down, instead of forward and backward. Since the cutter is positioned vertically, it would drop down in order to cut the work-piece. The work-piece is the metal block or object that needs to be shaped.  For smaller jobs the work-piece is typically held in a vice which is clamped to the computer controlled table or it can be held in a special work-holding fixture for larger projects.

Though CNC horizontal milling machines are typically used by companies with larger part volumes, vertical CNC machines have become more popular with businesses that have smaller workloads that donít require the capability of CNC horizontals. And with the increasing use of computers in engineering, CNC verticals have gained in popularity. CNC vertical milling machines are capable of producing highly complex parts very accurately, but donít have the price tag associated with larger CNC Horizontals.  Thatís one of the reasons CNC verticals are preferred by companies whose production needs are more modest

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Featured Machines

Machine 6397, Haas VF4SSAPC, Super Speed VF4, 2006, Pallet Shuttle, 12,000 RPM Spindle, 4th Axis, 24 Pocket Side Mount Tool Changer, High Speed Tool Changer, 4th Axis, Programmable Coolant Nozzle, Visual Quick Code Programming System
Haas VF4SSAPC, Super Speed VF4, 2006, Pallet Shuttle, 12,000 RPM Spindle, 4th Axis, 24 Pocket Side Mount Tool Changer, High Speed Tool Changer, 4th Axis, Programmable Coolant Nozzle, Visual Quick Code Programming System

Machine 6624, Okuma LB 4000EX-II/1500 CNC Universal Lathe, OSP P300L, 2015, Like New Condition
Okuma LB 4000EX-II/1500 CNC Universal Lathe, OSP P300L, 2015, Like New Condition

Machine 6634, Cincinnati-Milacron T-40 CNC Horizontal Machining Center, 1989, Full 4th Axis, 90 ATC, 60" x 60" x 58"
Cincinnati-Milacron T-40 CNC Horizontal Machining Center, 1989, Full 4th Axis, 90 ATC, 60" x 60" x 58"

Machine 6733, Lanson GT2-LS280B Plastic Injection Molding Presss 2015, TECH1_Q8M Controller, Variable displacement pump, 1 x Core puller, 4 x Air blast
Lanson GT2-LS280B Plastic Injection Molding Presss 2015, TECH1_Q8M Controller, Variable displacement pump, 1 x Core puller, 4 x Air blast

Machine 6703, Mori-Seiki RL2500 Dual Spindle 4-Axis Chuckers, 2005, Gantry Loaders, MSX-501 Controls, Chip Conveyors, Expanding Madrels, Two (2) Available
Mori-Seiki RL2500 Dual Spindle 4-Axis Chuckers, 2005, Gantry Loaders, MSX-501 Controls, Chip Conveyors, Expanding Madrels, Two (2) Available

Machine 6711, Fadal VMC-4020 HT, 2004, Fadal 32MP Control, Cool Power
Fadal VMC-4020 HT, 2004, Fadal 32MP Control, Cool Power

Machine 6713, Craven 127" x 360" Heavy Duty CNC Lathe, Rebuilt in 2015, Fanuc 0iTC, 4 way Bed Construction, 2 Carriages, 75 HP Main Drive
Craven 127" x 360" Heavy Duty CNC Lathe, Rebuilt in 2015, Fanuc 0iTC, 4 way Bed Construction, 2 Carriages, 75 HP Main Drive

Machine 6706, Gardner SDG-2-20-23 Double Disk Grinder, Upgraded to handle 23" Wheels, 20 HP, Capacity for 4" parts
Gardner SDG-2-20-23 Double Disk Grinder, Upgraded to handle 23" Wheels, 20 HP, Capacity for 4" parts

Machine 6710, CAE Ransohoff Rotary Parts Washer, 1999
CAE Ransohoff Rotary Parts Washer, 1999

Machine 6730, Lodge & Shipley 2XE 3220W, 1976, 32" x 72", 50 HP, 2.56" Spindle Hole, Steady Rest, 4-Way Rapid Traverse, Taper Attachment, DRO, Tailstock
Lodge & Shipley 2XE 3220W, 1976, 32" x 72", 50 HP, 2.56" Spindle Hole, Steady Rest, 4-Way Rapid Traverse, Taper Attachment, DRO, Tailstock

Machine 6240, Lehmann Oil Field Lathe, Double Chucked, 30" Swing, 360" CC, 9.57" Spindle Bore, 24"/21" Chucks, Taper attachment, Tailstock, Soft bed in very good condition
Lehmann Oil Field Lathe, Double Chucked, 30" Swing, 360" CC, 9.57" Spindle Bore, 24"/21" Chucks, Taper attachment, Tailstock, Soft bed in very good condition

Machine 6741, Deckel-Maho DMC 100 U DuoBlock, 2005, Heidenhain Mill Plus IT V600, 1100 x 910 mm pallet, 10K RPM, 120 ATC
Deckel-Maho DMC 100 U DuoBlock, 2005, Heidenhain Mill Plus IT V600, 1100 x 910 mm pallet, 10K RPM, 120 ATC

Machine 6750, CY 1530 SL 2.0KW Fiber Laser, 2012, 59" x 118", AIR 3000 Chiller, Farr Gold Series Packaged Dust Collector
CY 1530 SL 2.0KW Fiber Laser, 2012, 59" x 118", AIR 3000 Chiller, Farr Gold Series Packaged Dust Collector

Machine 6751, Edel 4030 5-Axis CNC Gantry Milling Machine, 2008, 157" x 118" x 45", Heidenhain TNC i530, Through Spindle Coolant
Edel 4030 5-Axis CNC Gantry Milling Machine, 2008, 157" x 118" x 45", Heidenhain TNC i530, Through Spindle Coolant

Machine 6615, Schmid T630 Cold Forming Press, 2002, 900 Short Tons Total Force
Schmid T630 Cold Forming Press, 2002, 900 Short Tons Total Force