Product News: Machinery & Machining Tools

Five-Axis VMC handles small, complex workpieces.

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Five-Axis VMC handles small, complex workpieces.

Aug 31, 2012 - Featuring integrated 5-axis rotary table and Fanuc 31i control with 10.4 in. LCD, Bridgeport® GX-250 5AX vertical machining center (VMC) is designed to handle small, complex workpieces of die/mold, aerospace, medical, and automotive industries. This rigid C-frame machine has respective X, Y, and Z axis travels of 11.8, 15.7, and 16.9 in. and offers options such as part probe, tool probe, auto door with light curtain, mist collector, and C-axis encoder.

Hardinge Inc. - Elmira, NY

Original Press Release

Hardinge Releases New Bridgeport 5-Axis VMC

Press release date: Aug 29, 2012

ELMIRA, NY: Hardinge Inc. (, a leading international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions, announces the release of the all-new Bridgeport® GX-250 5AX 5-axis vertical machining center. This rigid C-frame machine features a compact footprint, fully integrated 5-Axis rotary table and user-friendly Fanuc 31i control with 10.4" LCD. The machine is ideally suited for the demanding requirements of the die/mold, aerospace, medical and automotive industries. The GX-250 5AX is designed to handle small, complex workpieces that require closely held tolerances and fine surface finishes.

Axis travels are: 11.8" (300mm) X; 15.7" (400mm) Y; 16.9" (430mm) Z

The Bridgeport GX-250 5AX is provided with a Fanuc 31icontrol system which offers a wide range of standard features including Manual Guide I, Simultaneously Controlled 5-axes, Macro Executer, High-Speed Processing, Look Ahead 1000 Blocks, NANO Smoothing, Tool Center Point Control, Tilted Working Plane Function, Polar Coordinate/Cylindrical/Helical Interpolation and many more.

Options include part probe, tool probe, auto door with light curtain, mist collector and C-axis encoder to name a few.

"The Bridgeport GX-250 5AX Machining Center offers a high degree of sophistication and functionality in a small footprint and at an attractive price," states Andy McNamara, Hardinge Director of Sales and Marketing, North America. "Like all Bridgeport machining centers, this machine reflects Hardinge's commitment to quality and performance without compromise." For more information contact Hardinge at 800-843-8801.

About Hardinge Inc. Hardinge is a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of machine tools, specializing in SUPER- PRECISION(TM) and precision CNC Lathes, high performance Machining Centers, high-end cylindrical and jig Grinding machines, and technologically advanced Workholding & Rotary Products. Hardinge is also the world's largest manufacturer of collets (5C Collets, 16C Collets, 20C Collets, Swiss Collets and other styles) for all brands of machines including custom engineered solutions. Hardinge has a very diverse customer base and serves a wide variety of end-user markets. This customer base includes metalworking manufacturers which make parts for a variety of industries, as well as a wide range of end users in the aerospace, agricultural, transportation, basic consumer goods, communications and electronics, construction, defense, energy, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and recreation industries, among others. Hardinge has manufacturing operations in the United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, and China. For more information, please visit

Hardinge Inc., One Hardinge Drive, PO Box 1507, Elmira, New York 14902-1507 USA. Phone: 800-843-8801; Fax: 607-734-8819; E-mail: