Stud Ball Element Enables Full Five-Sided Machining
Eastec 2019: The Amrok inverted stud ball element, provided by Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME), aids full five-sided profile machining, decreasing overall machine time for industries including aerospace, medical and automotive.
The Amrok inverted stud ball element, provided by Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME), aids full five-sided profile machining, decreasing overall machine time for industries including aerospace, medical and automotive.
The self-aligning fixture element (S.A.F.E.) features:
- A ball element that has 6 degrees of rotation in any direction
- Swiveling ball element contact pads for fewer internal stresses in bent or angled parts requiring clamping for machining
- Viton O-ring protection that prevents penetration of chips and coolant within the ball element system and which is said to promote long service life
- Fixed and adjustable threaded ball element heights
- Fixed press fit ball element heights for locating and positioning
The ball element and stud combination provide a one-component design for stress-free clamping by conforming to the part that is being machined, the company says. Custom sizes are also available.
As demonstrated at this Cincinnati-area shop, machines that both mill and turn shine brightest when workpieces are massive.
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.
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.