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Clearing Weldment Machining Challenges
Rather than replacing an old horizontal boring mill with a similar model, this manufacturer of stone-cutting equipment now uses a dual-pallet HMC with a quill spindle to provide W-axis extension to reach past weldment obstructions and more effective...
When a Turn-Mill Doesn’t Turn
LeanWerks uses innovative probing, tooling and workholding strategies to enable its turn-mill to machine castings complete, in effect turning it into a five-axis machining center.
Using Additive Manufacturing to 3D-Print Fixturing, Machine Tool Components
Machine shops can consider 3D printing technology a handy way to make custom fixturing and other components.
Inner-Diameter Part Clamping Offers Lathes Complete Outer-Diameter Access
Royal Products' CNC expanding mandrels provide access to the entire outer diameter of the workpiece.
The Collet is the Answer
A small workholding change helped this shop deliver the required part finish by resolving vibration and runout issues.
Shop Favors Different Flavor of Five-Axis Technology
Campbell Engineering benefits from a new twist on the tombstone workholding concept, which enables one of its HMCs to perform 3+2 machining to reduce scrap while supporting the higher-volume needs of its medical customers.
Optimum Workholding Increases Output
This investment casting company doubled production of a series of parts by incorporating workholding into a cell that keeps pallets constantly moving across the machine tool.
Sizing Up Rotary Table Advantages
Smaller may be better when it comes to rotary tables that enable a three-axis VMC to do five-axis machining.
Workholding Cuts Setup Time for Cylindrical Gears
A new generation of modular, quick-change workholding systems requiring fewer tools, less time and minimal operator experience has arrived.
Bar Puller Features Self-Adjustment
The EZ-Puller, from Accudyne Corporation, addresses a series of bar puller concerns with its own approach to pulling barstock.