Tooling & Workholding

Exploring the: Workholding Zone


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Flexible Fixturing Speeds CMM Inspection

Modular fixturing components enable users to realize fast change-overs on CMMs to open inspection bottlenecks and reduce machine tool downtime waiting for part measurement.


Retention Pins that Both Position and Clamp

Shops and fixture manufacturers commonly use spring-loaded retention pins in their workholding devices to ease part loading.


Firm Grip on the Future

This Indiana workholding manufacturer has been in business for 97 years. Its recent and ongoing investment in plant and capital equipment ensures its place as a leading supplier of standard and specialty workholding solutions for the turned parts in...


Compact Rotary Table Features Large Through-Hole

This rotary table was developed to deliver the requisite through-hole diameter in a more compact overall size.


Adapting to Aerospace Change

The changing demands of aerospace companies have prompted machine shops such as this one to evolve their processes and equipment to become more competitive.


A Tidy Turning Cell

This compact cell offers automated turning and inspection for extended periods of unattended operation.


The Stem Solution

A small shop committed to labor-saving automation added a nine-axis turning center to machine mountain bike stems. The value of this complex machine is that it delivers a simple process. The learning curve was worth it, the owners say.


When Reshoring Really Happens

Bob’s Design Engineering illustrates how a shop that used to be organized for short-run work transformed its process for ongoing production.


Moving in with a Customer

Shop owner Chris Nachtmann has established a close relationship with one of his biggest customers. In fact, he moved his operation inside that customer’s facility a couple years ago. Now, he’s making greater strides to invest in and grow his busines...


Consistency Is Key to Titanium

An important part of this shop’s successful approach to titanium machining is a toolpath strategy that keeps the load on the cutter constant. Another important element is the way this shop captures and reapplies what it learns about how effective it...


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Self centering vise is a cost effective and universal workholding method for five sided machining.