Tooling & Workholding

Exploring the: Workholding Zone
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One-Offs Without Tradeoffs

Does it have to be expensive to produce a one-off part? Does the one-off have to fall short of the manufactured part’s properties? A Boston-area 3D printer maker has an idea for how to produce components that are both low quantity and industrial qu...


Live Center Adjusts for Off-Line Center Holes

Riten Industries offers its Adjusta-Point radial compensating live center to maintain center hole concentricity in shafts and other parts during milling and turning.


Subspindle Workholding Options

The advent of subspindle turning operations has impacted throughput for many shops. Understanding workholding options available for backworking can help a shop make better decisions when specifying how to hold parts for op. 20.


People are Part of the Process for Machining Inconel

A Tacoma shop describes its winning strategy for efficient machining of Inconel. That strategy includes careful choices of cutting tools and cutting parameters. It also includes a healthy breakfast.


Working Toward Lights-Out Inspection

Contract shop PDQ is developing a process to enable its new CMM to inspect multiple parts unattended, thereby minimizing the impact that part measurement has on the company’s bottom line.


Adaptable Automation

A system for automatically swapping both workpieces and workholding enables a robot-loaded VMC to be quickly reconfigured for a new or modified job. The same system lets the robot change jobs in the midst of an unattended run. Thanks to the extra ca...


Desktop 3D Printer as Job Shop Resource

The low-cost 3D printer in this shop supports machining by simplifying prototyping and producing usable hardware—including vise jaws.


Multi-Axis Workholding System Uses Three-Side Dovetail

The Get-A-Grip pedestal fixture for five-axis workholding uses a triangular clamping geometry for the matching workpiece and clamping dovetails.


A Hollow-Access Unit for Wire EDM

By simultaneously rotating and tilting the workpiece, this rotary tilt/turn hollow-access device from Hirschmann enables the EDM wire to cut complex openings that may have different paths at the top and bottom of the opening.


Shop Finds Fixturing Solution for Flexing Parts

Precision Grinding and Manufacturing uses an atypical means to fixture thin parts that are prone to flexing when conventional workholding clamps are used: adhesive cured by UV light.


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