VC-300A Vertical Machining Center

December 11, 2019
VC-300A Vertical Machining Center

Made in Kentucky, the simple but innovative Mazak VC-300A vertical machining center with 3-axis table can take 40-taper cuts in hard-to-machine 410 stainless material on a typical 30-taper-sized machine.

In addition to its small footprint and easy installation, the VC-300A provides effortless programming in either Mazatrol conversational language or EIA/ISO for faster part cycle times thanks to its Mazatrol SmoothG CNC. It has a high-performance CAT-40, 12,000-rpm grease-pack spindle that delivers exceptional metal removal in not only tough-to-machine materials but also common ones such as steel, aluminum and cast iron.

With a new standard 30-tool magazine capacity, the VC-300A helps reduce setup time and allows for redundant tooling, as well as for more tooling dependent part production.

To simplify tool changing, the machine’s spindle clamps on to tools in the magazine to eliminate the use of a separate automatic toolchanger. Axis travels for the VC-300A measure 11.81" in X, 11.81" in Y and 20.08" in Z. In these three axes, the machine rapids at speeds up to 945 ipm.

Related Glossary Terms

  • automatic toolchanger

    automatic toolchanger

    Mechanism typically included in a machining center that, on the appropriate command, removes one cutting tool from the spindle nose and replaces it with another. The changer restores the used tool to the magazine and selects and withdraws the next desired tool from the storage magazine. The changer is controlled by a set of prerecorded/predetermined instructions associated with the part(s) to be produced.

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • inches per minute ( ipm)

    inches per minute ( ipm)

    Value that refers to how far the workpiece or cutter advances linearly in 1 minute, defined as: ipm = ipt 5 number of effective teeth 5 rpm. Also known as the table feed or machine feed.

  • machining center

    machining center

    CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.

  • toolchanger


    Carriage or drum attached to a machining center that holds tools until needed; when a tool is needed, the toolchanger inserts the tool into the machine spindle. See automatic toolchanger.