New Workholding Catalog Highlighted by 13 New 5-Axis Systems
The rise of multi-axis machining has opened the door to so many more possibilities and efficiencies for machine shops. It’s also introduced a whole new set of variables, chief among them, how parts are held.
At first, machinists were forced to get creative with fixturing in order to capitalize on all the benefits of multi-axis machines. But, as we’ve always said, production diversity should not be a barrier. This includes multi-axis machining.
So, we’re doing our part, accelerating workholding technology to match the level of the ever-more popular and accessible multi-axis machinery, unleashing all of their capabilities. The latest of those advances, and many others, are detailed in our new comprehensive Unilock Modular Workholding System catalog. Here are just a few.
5-Axis Table Adapters
These allow 5-Axis Base Chucks to be mounted anywhere they are needed in order to access the table t-slots or grid holes, all while providing a strong foundation. They are available in three different styles with up to four different heights.
Uniflex is composed of a clamping ball and collar that are attached to the underside of the part or fixture. The part and fixture are then lowered on to either a camping base or a clamping extension. The clamping collar is then rotated to tighten the six bearing balls on to the main ball. If the part or fixture is warped or needs to be set at an angle, the clamping ball can pivot up to 15° in any direction.
These multi-axis workholding solutions locate and stabilize the workpieces without obstructing access to the top and sides of the part. They also allow a clamped workpiece to be flipped into new orientations for subsequent machining operations without unclamping it from the workholding.
These, along with all Unilock workholding systems, employ our simple yet dynamic zero-point clamping technology. Unilock utilizes spring pressure to drive multiple clamping pins against a tapered clamping knob. Air pressure is used to compress the springs to back the clamping pins off of the clamping knob. This clamping process is achieved by bleeding the air pressure out of the chuck. To facilitate palletization, the clamping knob is attached to a base plate, fixture or directly to a workpiece. The result is quick and repeatable clamping. A hand locking version (no air required) is also available.
To learn more about the entire line of workholding systems we offer, their applications and setup tips, view a PDF of the new catalog now.