Machinists often admit finding a secure way to anchor a workpiece is one of the biggest challenges to machining, and we at Tormach agree; it can be a challenge to select the right workholding for both large and small pieces. In an effort to curb this, Tormach offers a variety of workholding accessories, such as vises, hard and soft jaws, vacuum tables, and other general workholding elements.
- Vises: A machinist vise is the go-to method to secure workpieces, especially those with straight edges, but they can be adapted for workpieces with rounded edges as well, with the help of soft jaws which can be milled to perfectly support your workpiece.
- Vacuum Tables: While vises are quick and repeatable, the material being clamped canít be accessed by the mill without jeopardizing the workpieceís security. Thatís normally allowable, but when itís not, machinist turn to vacuum tables. Vacuum tables secure a workpiece by suctioning it to the table with a vacuum chamber. This allows the mill to machine everything but the bottom surface.
- Clamps: The most basic way to secure a workpiece is to clamp it down. This typically includes using T-nuts, studs, clamps, and flange nuts.
Machinists often admit securing a workpiece is one of the biggest challenges to setting up a CNC milling machine, and experts at Tormach agree. That is why we offer a variety of workholding accessories, such as vises and hard and soft jaws.
The aluminum fixture plates, also known as tooling plates, are a low-cost, disposable alternative to others on the market, and can be used to mount things quickly. These blank plates are easily customized to fit your machining needs to make sure that workholding is done consistently every time.
Parallels are some of the most versatile workholding pieces in CNC milling, and they are normally used to securely raise a piece up in a vise. Tormachís parallel sets are all made of stress relieved tool steel that has been precision ground and hardened.
Machinists often admit securing a workpiece is one of the biggest challenges to setting up a CNC milling machine, and experts at Tormach agree. That is why Tormach offers a variety of workholding accessories, such as vacuum tables.
Clamps and hold-downs are common workholding accessories, also known as fixturing accessories, found in a machinist's shop, and they can include clamping kits and bolts. These all help secure vises, fixtures, and workpieces to the bed of a CNC mill.
Tormach's 5C collet fixtures are an affordable solution for occasional workholding on a 4th axis, rotary table, or mill table. 5C collet fixtures include ground tapered setup bars for alignment with MT2 or MT3 center holes, as well as a mounting flange for securing to the mill table.