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Vertical vs. Horizontal Machining Centers: Which is Best for You?

Both horizontal and vertical CNC machining centers have roles to play in today’s competitive world of manufacturing. However it’s important to consider a number of important factors when deciding which way to go when buying your next CNC machine. 


A number of studies, including those by The University of Michigan and American Machinist, find that the average VMC utilization, as measured by spindle run time, is only 25% versus 85% for HMCs.

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