FAQ. CNC Workholding & Fixturing
Q: What information do I need to provide to get a quote?
A: We would like drawings of your part, 3D models if available, machine make and model, and any process information you have. It would also be helpful to know how many fixtures you are interested in and if you prefer hydraulic or manual clamping.
Q: What software do you use?
A: We use SolidWorks to design our fixtures and MasterCam to program our machines in our shop from our solid models.
Q: Do you test your fixtures before shipping them?
A: We test every fixture (even duplicates) for hydraulic pressure, repetitive cycle test, deflection test, CMM test, and load test before testing. We invite our customer to test load the fixtures and require parts to test every fixture before shipping.
Q: Do you build your fixtures from Castings or Weldments?
A: We make the majority of our fixtures from Castings because of the superior design characteristics we can achieve by reducing harmonics in your process, design to near net shape for better rigidity and reduce machined components, and remove weight and external plumbing. There are also times where a boltment or weldment provide the characteristics needed for the job. In the end we work with our customers to ensure we are providing the right solution for their project.
Q: What are your lead times for fixtures?
A: Lead times vary based on current work loads and complexity but will generally be between 8-14 weeks.
Q: What are your lead times for quotes?
A: Lead times vary based on current work loads and complexity but we can usually provide a simple quote within a few days. 3D concepts will require more time, depending on the complexity.
Q: Can I add air seating or clamp arm confirmation to my fixture?
A: We can provide an air seating and or clamp arm confirmation options on any fixture that has low pressure air provided to the fixture.
Q: What processes do you perform in-house?
A: We do all design, manufacturing, and assembly in our 30,000 square foot temperature controlled facility using state of the art CNC Machine tools made by Toyoda, Toshiba, DMG MORI, and Kuraki. We only sub-contract our casting, major Blanchard grinding, heat treating and welding.