Hurco VCX600i vertical-spindle, 5-axis machining centre

The travelling-column Hurco VCX600i vertical-spindle, 5-axis machining centre has a 600mm diameter rotary table mounted on a swivelling trunnion, a configuration popular amongst users as it allows components to be machined on five sides in a single set-up. An octagonal support for the table means that clamps can be positioned clear of the surface, ensuring that the full area is available to accommodate workpieces weighing up to 350 kg.

The integral, ± 110° B-axis trunnion offers generous Z-axis clearance and unrivalled undercutting capability. Together with a 16 kW/12,000 rpm/109 Nm direct-drive spindle, 30 m/min rapids and a 40-station magazine for 40 taper tools, the machine is suited to applications across manufacturing industry but is especially applicable to motorsport and aerospace.


The manufacturer’s proprietary WinMAX control includes patented Ultimotion software, which ensures smooth, high-speed contouring of 3D surfaces.

Machining accuracy and effective vibration damping are promoted by wide linear roller guideways and a base frame made from the concrete and steel composite, Hydropol. Axis travels are 750 by 550 by 500mm (in X, Y and Z), glass scales ensuring high precision positional feedback to the control. Similarly, absolute encoders provide feedback from the rotary axes. The table is of robust construction and is supported on the non-driven side by a counter bearing, the load on which can be transmitted through to the floor. This provides greater rigidity than that offered by other cantilever designs. The doors, which open on two sides of the working area, simplify access for automation systems.

For further details contact Hurco South Africa on TEL: 011 849 5600 or visit