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Moldmaker Speeds Production with 3D-Printed Fixtures

A 3D printer helps this mold manufacturer save time and money in making custom fixturing.


Vise System for Quickly Clamping 16 Parts

A New York job shop minimizes setup and change-over time with a homegrown system consisting of closely spaced double-acting vises embedded into a plate. After using it for decades, the shop is now supplying this system to other shops.


What’s a Parakeep?

According to its manufacturer, it’s a device that effectively keeps workholding parallels in place while a vise is opened and closed.


Two-Minute Video: Advantage of Twin-Pallets/Dual-Station Vises

This short, simple video demonstrates one way to maximize spindle up-time using a pallet-changing VMC.


Video: Automation Inside the Workzone

What is automation? Not just a robot. Technology for holding, moving and measuring the part inside the machine can also achieve considerable time and labor savings.


Why Not Lights-Out Inspection?

A contract shop in Connecticut 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.


Workholding That’s on Point

A pin-based workholding system quickly accommodates workpieces of any shape.


Video: Compensating for a Bad Center Hole

Center hole drilled off-center? A compensating live center can save parts from becoming scrap.


Video: Robot Changes Vise Jaws for Continuous Machining

If a robot can load and unload parts, why can’t it do the same for workholding? Here is video of a robot changing the vise jaws so the same machining center can run different operations in unattended machining.


Video Highlights Value of Pedestal Workholding

For multi-axis machining, a good workholding fixture gets the part away from the worktable surface, yet holds the part securely for aggressive machining. This video shows a dovetail pedestal doing this job in a 3+2 application.


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