Haas Automation Celebrates Thirty Years of the Haas VF-1

In 2018, Haas Automation celebrates 30 years of the Haas VF-1 vertical machining center. The company will celebrate with a “Very First” campaign that culminates with the debut of the very first VF-1 at IMTS 2018 in Chicago.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Haas Automation’s very first vertical machining center—the VF-1. The “V” in the model name stands for vertical—an industry-standard designation for a vertical mill. Company founder Gene Haas added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One.”

The VF-1 was developed in 1987 and introduced at IMTS 1988 in Chicago. Haas Automation says that the Haas VF-1 established an industry milestone by being the very first American-built vertical machining center to sell for less than $50,000. With a published price of $49,900, Haas Automation says that the VF-1 quickly became an industry benchmark for affordable CNC technology.

Factoring for inflation, that $49,900 starting price would be nearly $104,000 today. But 30 years later, the 2018 Haas VF-1 still sells for less than $50,000—in fact, it’s just $46,995. Prices for all Haas machines and options are published online, and customers can build and price their new machines at haascnc.com.

To commemorate 30 years of the VF-1 and other Haas very firsts, Haas Automation has launched a year-long “Very First” campaign that will include worldwide demo day events, a video series documenting both Haas and customer very firsts and much more. The campaign
will culminate with the return of the very first VF-1 at IMTS 2018 in Chicago, where the story began.

All Haas products are manufactured in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot facility in Southern California and distributed through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs). Each HFO has complete showroom facilities, factory-trained service personnel, extensive spare-parts inventories and fully stocked service vehicles. At present, roughly 200,000 Haas CNC machines and 100,000 Haas rotary products are in use around the world. In 2018, Haas Automation will build more than 15,000 machines and around 60 percent of them will go to international markets.