Tooling & Workholding

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A Close Look at Indexable Chucks

It's not for every application but when the right one comes along, these chucks can help work wonders.

Incremental Automation

This machine tool supplier sees shops searching for just a little bit of unattended capacity. Many shops are closer to obtaining this extra capacity than they realize.

The Many Sides of Workholding

Here's a broad look at different ways to approach workholding based upon the requirements of the application.

Spindle Liners Eliminate Noise, Damage and Poor Performance

Spindle liners can be used to fill the gap when barstock diameter is considerably smaller than a spindle.

Clamping Thin Wall Aluminum

Because of its properties, thin-wall aluminum can be problematic to hold during a machining operation.

Holding Small, Thin Parts for Effective Machining on a CNC Router

A non-woven porous material with a special coating enables vacuum chucks and tables to hold sheets of metal and other materials more effectively on CNC routing machines. The material, called Vilmill, is used as a substrate between the sheet or plate...

Understanding CNC Collet Chucks

Workholding for turning is usually fairly basic: The selection comes down to chucks or collets. This article looks at when to consider the collet chuck and what kind might be best for a given application.

Moving Forward In Order To Stay Put

This job shop’s commitment to lean allows its business to grow while it remains in the facility where it has to stay.

A Deeply Holistic Approach

In its effort to streamline every step of the mold building process, this company has upgraded its deep-hole drilling capability with a new six-axis machine. A rotary table with magnetic workholding enhances this machine’s flexibility.

Hydraulic Workholding Devices Allow Total-Perimeter Machining

Having access to the entire perimeter of a part minimizes set ups because shops can machine five sides of the part in one fixturing. This enables shops to reduce the total number of manufacturing operations, the number of times parts must be handled...

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