What’s the Difference Between the CNC Milling Machine and VMC Machine?

What’s the Difference Between the CNC Milling Machine and VMC Machine?

CNC Milling Machine

CNC milling machine is automatic processing equipment developed on the basis of general milling machine. The processing technology of the two is basically the same, and the structure is similar.

CNC milling machine is a kind of CNC machine tool with strong processing function. The machining center and flexible machining unit which are rapidly developed at present are all produced on the basis of CNC milling machine and CNC boring machine. Both of them are inseparable from milling. Since the numerical control milling process is the most complicated and the technical problems that need to be solved are the most, therefore, when researching and developing software for numerical control systems and automatic programming languages, milling processing has always been the focus.


VMC Machine

The VMC machine uses the CNC control system to generate digital signals to drive the milling machine to perform precision machining. The structure of the CNC machining center is that the Z-axis is the rotation of the tool spindle, the workpiece is moved in the XY plane, and milling is performed from top to bottom. For a small number or a large number of productions, the CNC machining center can be economically processed, and the advantage is the cost of the circular milling cutter. High economic and metal cutting rate, multi-blade cutting in a very short time. CNC machining center technology main projects include face milling, surface milling, groove milling, gear milling, and cam milling, as well as the use of forming milling cutters to complete complex contours in one milling, for mechanical production, mold production or tool production operations. In terms of it, it is an indispensable tool for work.


The difference

CNC milling machines have only three axes, and CNC machining centers can be four-axis or five-axis linkage, which is more widely used than CNC milling machines.

The CNC machining center is a CNC machine tool with an automatic switching device and continuous processing in multiple processes. It is developed from CNC milling machines. The biggest difference between CNC milling machines is that the CNC machining center has the ability to automatically exchange machining tools. By installing different tools on the tool magazine, the ability to machine tools can be automatically exchanged in one setup by installing different tools on the magazine. The tool can change the machining tool on the spindle with an automatic tool changer in one setup.



CNC milling machines and CNC machining centers have certain differences in performance, application, and price, but they all have their own unique features. It is most important to choose a machine that is suitable for you.

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