Quindex Fifth-Axis Device Attaches to Fourth-Axis Table
The Quindex fifth-axis indexing system from Index Designs is designed to enable five-sided machining applications.
The Quindex fifth-axis indexing system from Index Designs is designed to enable five-sided machining applications. Activated with shop air, the device bolts onto fourth-axis rotary tables, enabling tools to access five sides of a part in the same setup.
The Quindex makes a 90-degree index through an M code command written within the machining program. The rotary actuator drives the 6.75" diameter spindle up against hard stops for highly accurate positioning with 5 arc-seconds of repeatability. A pneumatic brake plate provides up to 250 foot-pounds of holding torque to absorb heavy cuts.
For those without an existing fourth-axis table, Index Designs offers a packages that includes a VH-6 fourth-axis rotary table, the Quindex air-driven head with outboard support and air lines. All components are aligned and mounted on a subplate. The package is available as a true fourth-axis or as a semi-fourth-axis when paired with the Index Designs programmable control box.
These vise jaws use protruding, mechanical pins to repeatedly support workpieces either horizontally or at angles. They are said to allow quicker setups than conventional parallels.
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.
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