Tooling & Workholding

Exploring the: Workholding Zone
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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...


Shared Tooling

What tooling do a multi-spindle automatic, a CNC lathe and a vertical machining center have in common?


Grip it on the ID

For many turning applications, gripping on the ID of a center bore can provide processing benefits.


The Case for Custom Fixturing

Photos of custom fixtures illustrate the types of applications that call for non-standard workholding.


Upon Further (A3) Review

Using lean manufacturing’s A3 problem-solving process, Genesis Attachments found that magnetic workholding could provide greater benefits than simply getting parts on and off machines faster.


Targeted Five-Axis Machining

Focusing on a particular part size range allows this shop to use a versatile type of five-axis machine tool. Five-axis machining now makes up 40 percent of the shop’s business.


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