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3D-Printed Tooling Speeds Manufacturing of Cutting Tools
Knight Carbide's insert delivery times had to wait on custom tooling, so they acquired a Mojo desktop 3D printer from Stratasys make their own. Lead times for insert carriers were shortened from weeks to just six hours.
New Jaws Speed Change-Over for Short-Run Jobs
This shop found that a quick-change jaw system reduced 80-minute change-over times to just 8 minutes.
Vise within a Vise System Enables Economical Five-Axis Machining
A unique vise-within-a-vise system using Kurt workholding enables Peterson Machining Inc. to cost effectively use five-axis manufacturing for complex parts.
Custom Clamping Concept Optimizes Multitasking
To get the most potential out of its multitasking machine, Trumpf uses a detailed custom clamping concept from Schunk.
Trunnion Table Helps VMC Fill Utility Role for Shop
Learn how a trunnion table brought horizontal versatility to a vertical machining center for custom pump production at Vertiflo Pump.
Clamping System Reduces Machining Time and Setup
The staff at Rodriquez GmbH in Eschweiler, Luxembourg (Germany), has been relying on a Hermle C40 milling machine equipped with the Hainbuch Quadrok Plus clamping system for the manufacturing of linear technology components.
New Workholding Method Drives Production Efficiency
By replacing a three-jaw chuck and dead-center workholding model with a flange-mounted, mechanically compensating face driver from Riten Industries, Tuthill Corp. cut machining cycle time by about 39 percent.
Flexible Fixturing Improves Cylinder Component Production
Advanced Machine and Engineering (AME) provides modular tombstone fixtures to run 56 different block sizes for Rockford, Illinois-area cylinder component manufacturer.
Trunnions Turn the Tables on Wasteful Setups
Bolt-on trunnion tables from Trunniontables.com help Indelac Controls reduce setups from six to two and cut cycle time by 40 percent.
Cramming for Competitiveness
Low-profile clamps contribute to the high-density fixturing this shop needs to make the most of an equipment configuration that is increasingly renowned for reducing setups and keeping the spindle turning.