10 Must-Have Fixture Clamps for Precision Machining

10 Fixture Clamps Commonly Used in Machining

No.10  Indexing Head

Indexing Head

This particular type of fixture clamp was once very popular but has now declined in popularity due to the advent of indexing spindle. Consequently, it is now ranked tenth in terms of usage.

No.9  Pneumatic Cylinder Fixture Clamps

Pneumatic Cylinder Fixture Clamps

The pneumatic fixture clamp is considered the essence of automatic clamping fixtures and is highly favored by workers among the many types of fixture clamps available.

No.8  Spring Jacket / Cylinder

Spring Jacket Cylinder

If you are facing the challenge of clamping various tools with fewer handles, here are some possible solutions you can consider.

No.7  Magnetic Platform

Magnetic Platform

If you need to process parts that don’t have a specific clamping position on the workbench, there are some techniques you can use to make it easier. Let’s take a look at how it can be done.

No.6 Spindle and Tool Holder

Spindle and Tool Holder

The spindle and tool holder represent the pinnacle of human ingenuity and cutting-edge technology.

No.5 Vice and its brother Max

Vice and its ‘brother’ Max

If a workpiece cannot be securely held down by the pressure plate, it may be necessary to consider clamping it using a vise or a custom fixture designed for maximum stability.

No.4 EROWA Fixture

EROWA Fixture

This device ensures a repeat positioning accuracy of ±0.002mm, making it indispensable for electrode work, four-axis machining, and even more so for five-axis machining.

No.3 Combination of T-block, Screw, Pressure Plate and Nut

Combination of T-block, Screw, Pressure Plate and Nut

While you may be able to enhance other fixtures, installing them on a milling machine or machining center without utilizing a combination of T-blocks, screws, pressure plates, and nuts can be quite challenging. If you’re skeptical, give it a try.

No.2 T-type workbench

T-type workbench

It may seem unimportant in everyday situations, but if you suddenly discover that your machine tool lacks a T-shaped worktable, you may find yourself in a difficult situation.

No.1 The Chuck

The Chuck

The century-old fixture still finds use in mechanical workshops, and its classic status is undeniable. In fact, there are more chucks than lathes in many workshops, as without a chuck, lathes are rendered useless.

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As the founder of MachineMFG, I have dedicated over a decade of my career to the metalworking industry. My extensive experience has allowed me to become an expert in the fields of sheet metal fabrication, machining, mechanical engineering, and machine tools for metals. I am constantly thinking, reading, and writing about these subjects, constantly striving to stay at the forefront of my field. Let my knowledge and expertise be an asset to your business.

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