Did you know that we now have a two 3D printers to help you develop custom tooling solutions?
Some time ago we purchased a 3D Printer with a 8" x 8" x 7" Inches (200 x 200 x 180 mm) build area. We discovered it was great for making things for open houses and demo kits.
But then we discovered that we could provide our customers with with tooling and workholding concepts so we upgraded and now make up to a maximum build volume of 1.38 cubic feet!! That;s a max build size of 14” x 14” x 12.4” (355 x 355 x 315mm)!
We are started out using our 3D printers to produce working parts for customer applications as well as trade show tool display stands.
Now we are using these both our Wanhao Duplicator 6 Plus and our new Fusion 3D F410 printers to help our customers with visualization and verification of workholding ideas, tool holding clearances as well as many other applications.
If you're interested in working on some ideas with us, just fill out the 3D Printing Request Form
The Z-Carb HTA Produced 4 Times as many Parts Per New Tool as the Competitor’s Tool in 4140 35-40R/C.
The goals of this study were to significantly reduce job cost through increasing tool life and maximizing operating efficiencies
Forming taps displace metal — cutting taps remove it.
BALAX stands for “BALanced AXially,” which is an important feature for all of our Thredfloer Cold Forming Taps. Balax Thredfloers are ground using our proprietary thread grinders that have a differential lead compensation device that produces cold forming taps with their lead crests exactly on pitch.
Other forming taps have lead thread cold forming teeth that are not ground on pitch. These forming taps actually cold-work the thread twice:
Balax Thredfloers form the thread exactly on pitch the first time with no axial thrust, hence the name “BALanced AXially”. All Thredfloers require less tapping torque and provide longer tap life than forming taps ground with conventional methods.
Forming taps and cutting taps produce threads that gage identically and are interchangeable, but the similarity stops there. The way they produce threads is completely different:
Although Ball-Lock® is a simple, robust, quick-change system some simple maintenance can keep is performing at its best and add life to the components. Did you know regularly cleaning chips and debris from your receiver bushings is recommended? It can significantly extent the life of your quick-change system.
To sum it up regularly cleaning chips and debris from your bushings is recommended. If you notice any signs of wear we recommend replacing the damaged parts with one of our shank repair kits. These kits include a new set of balls, o-ring and a set screw. Click here to learn more.
Happy Machining and make chips happen!
We would like to introduce a NEW employee to the High Tech Family!
Jason Hoppe joined us at the beginning of the November. Jason comes to us with a 10+ year machine shop experience, as well as 4+ years working in Industrial Distribution with BlackHawk.
He is married to Heidi, and has 3 boys; Thor (9), Sawyer (7), & Tucker (5)
We are excited to add him to our TEAM and look forward to working together!
Please help me welcome him! Minneapolis and north Minnesota.
University engineering students will show off racecar assemblies
produced with cutting tools from Kyocera SGS Precision Tools.
One of college athletics’ biggest rivalries—Buckeyes vs. Wolverines—is on full display this year in the West Building, at the Kyocera SGS Precision Tools’ IMTS booth 432217. The sport isn’t football, but racing, with teams of engineering students from the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan showing off their own designs for Formula SAE race cars.
The result of months of engineering and hands-on learning, the fabricated assemblies share one aspect in common: the manufacturing process employed cutting tools from Kyocera SGS Precision Tools (KSPT). Attendees to KSPT’s booth are invited to see the projects and meet the student teams in addition to browsing the company’s wide selection of tools, which it donates to various schools’ mechanical engineering programs for assorted projects.
The Ohio State University’s Formula Buckeyes motorsport program challenges students of all majors, backgrounds, skill levels and degrees of experience to compete in one of six student teams. Students apply research and classroom concepts as well as learn hands-on skills for designing, fabricating, racing, managing and marketing competition vehicles. This experience includes machining, engine testing, battery testing, computer-aided design and many other engineering tools.
The University of Michigan’s M racing Formula SAE Collegiate motorsport racing series challenges students’ technical innovation and advanced engineering analysis abilities to build formula-style race cars. Fifteen global competitions test each team’s dynamic design theory, budgeting and marketing. The program provides students with a competitive career advantage in the industry and exposes them to different cultures and approaches to engineering. There are over 500+ teams ranked on their performance in six competitions via a point system striving for #1 ranking in the world.
Editors Note: The original article in Modern Machine Shop was entitled, " " and made reference to "Formula 1" within the article. It has been corrected in this re-post of the original article to reference "Formula SAE"
Modern CNC machines feature high-capacity tool changers that automatically swap toolholders in and out of the spindle as needed, by means of a high speed swing arm or a rotary carousel.
Parts of Toolholder
Pull Studs / Retention Knob
The last part of the toolholder is the collet pocket, into which the collet is inserted before being secured by various types of collet nuts. The collet pocket, internal 8 degree taper, should hold the same tolerance as the taper as they work together to control runout
This video demonstrates how to enter adnd exit the workpiece with the K-Tool back counterbore tool.
With forty years under their belt, 120 employees, multiple customers with different machining and material demands, and a successful business, the shop turned to Jergens in 2015 to explore options for a better way. A better way to hold the large variety of components that the shop had grown to manufacture for its customers in the mold and die industry. They did, and they did it so well it earned them a reputation in the industry as ‘the aluminum experts’.
The Workholding Challenge
The shop had to build and maintain over 150 different custom fixtures of widely varying configurations. Furthermore, products produced spanned eight different categories, required expertise in CAD, engineering, prototype parts, machining operations including five axis, tooling and the list goes on.
In addition to ordering a range of steel sub plates, fixture plates and numerous clamping components to make the fixtures, the shop also had to machine and assemble them. So, before a single chip hit the floor from a customer part, they had to make their own set ups. They did well, obviously they are a skilled shop, but realized that a better solution had to exist.
Jergens Workholding Solution
For the shop, the biggest realization (economic impact) came from the analysis of the true cost to manufacture and assemble the fixtures, and the incredible reigning-in of set up time – 90% reduction.
Prior to the Jergens ZPS solution, the time it took for each set up was ten minutes, and there was an average of thirty setups – that’s five hours per day spent just in setup time. That average time with the change to ZPS went to just one minute, or one-half hour total per day.
At a rate of $100 per hour, that’s $450 per day in savings, or $112,500 annually!
Tom Reid, Canadian Sales manager for Jergens, who works very closely with the shop, reported, “I’ve seen a lot of positive results, particularly with Drop and Lock (another popular quick-change pallet option) and ZPS, but don’t recall one as dramatic as this in recent years”. Tom continued, “We work closely with the customer to engineer and provide these solutions, and also measure important calculations such as ROI, which in this case was about five weeks”.
The end result for part production was significant and predictable - error reduction, reduced scrap, easy part orientation, and better / more consistent output from the manufacturing floor.
Precision Ground Taperlock Thread Gages made by Balax have some very unique design, enginering, and production properties that distinguish them from most other thread gage manufacturers. Even with all of these advantages they remain competitively priced!
Available in sizes ranging from 000-120 to 00-90 or .90 UNM to 1.40 UNM.
The high quality materials and special grinding process used to manufacture Balax Miniature gages provide a consistency and accuracy never before available with miniature gages. They are held in special collect type holders.
Certificate of Inspection
All Balax Thread gages are furnished with actual fifth place (.00000) measurements of pitch diameter and major diameter to guarantee the accuracy of your gage to Class-X ̋tolerance levels.
Titanium Nitrided thread gages are available for all stock sizes.
Balax can custom manufacture gages to your specifications.
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