Tooling & Workholding
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Photos of custom fixtures illustrate the types of applications that call for non-standard workholding.
The challenge holding tight tolerances for its billet RC helicopter engine components drove this company to develop an innovative fifth-axis tombstone device to complete multiple parts on an HMC in one setup.
Vertical machining centers with simultaneous five-axis machining capability have become popular in recent years.
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.
“Understanding CNC Collet Chucks” has been one of the most read articles in our archives during the past several years and continues to get substantial traffic today.
Chris Koepfer (editor)
As American manufacturing continues to transition from the mass production of conventional parts to the manufacture of complex, high-value components in relatively small lot sizes, precision workholding has assumed increased importance
In five-axis machining, the workholding has to get out of the way. The wrong choice of clamping risks collision and can obscure one of the principal benefits of a five-axis machine.
Lori Beckman (editor)
The Hydromat Epic R/T 45-12 is a collet-style rotary transfer machine for precision metalcutting of stock sizes up to 1.75” round, 1.5” hex and 1.25” square and a length up to 6”.
Edited by Julianne Mobilian
Available from Lexair, OML's VariClamp modular clamping system uses a floating mechanism of fixed and moveable jaws and a wide variety of gripper forms to provide custom clamping of irregular-shaped workpieces including round, curved, elliptical, rectangular, stepped and slanted parts.