Advanced Machine and Engineering's Inverted Stud Ball Element Designed for Five-Sided Machining
Westec 2019: Advanced Machine and Engineering’s inverted stud ball element enables full five-sided profile machining, which decreases overall machine time.
Advanced Machine and Engineering’s inverted stud ball workholding element enables full five-sided profile machining, which decreases overall machine time. It can be used for a variety of industries including aerospace, medical and automotive, the company says. The ball element and stud combination provides a one-component design that is said to remain stress-free by conforming to the part that is being machined.
The self-aligning fixture element (S.A.F.E.) includes a ball element with six-degrees of rotation in any direction; swiveling ball element contact pads that enable less internal stresses for bent or angled parts requiring clamping; Viton O-ring protection that prevents penetration of chips and coolant within the ball element system; and fixed press fit ball element heights for locating and positioning.
Modular fixturing makes sense for this manufacturer, whether it's machining one- or two-of-a-kind parts for its custom machine tools or larger quantities for its contract machining business.
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 material to be machined and a suitable vacuum table or vacuum chuck where it is held securely in place by the vacuum.
Don't assume the standard chuck is the right workholding for every lathe application.