Getting started with Fixture Plates
In our latest Fab Lab video, Mike C. demonstrates some basic techniques for setting up and using fixture plates on a PCNC mill.
Using Fixture Plates as Pallet System
Fixture or Tooling plates can be a big time saver if you find yourself making more than one or two of the same part. For example, this setup uses a bunch of mini clamps to hold 4 separate sets of parts on a single fixture plate. I sometimes hear this referred to as a “part pallet” or “pallet system”.
This setup was developed by one of our staff machinists, Rory DesJardin. The parts are housings for shifter control modules he designs for 4×4 enthusiasts. Fixture plates allow him to quickly and easily set up for a job whenever he needs to run a few parts; he manufactures several different models for Nissan, Jeep, and Toyota, and has separate fixture plates designed for each different housing. In other words, they are a great choice for flexible production.
Here’s the final RADesigns Shifter Product
Pre-made Fixture Plates for PCNC 1100 and PCNC 770
The plates you see in the Fab Lab video can be purchased from the Tormach e-store and are pre-cut to size to fit nicely on the PCNC 1100 or PCNC 770 mill. The plates come mill thickness and not ground – they’re designed to be milled flat on the table with a fly cutter or shell mill. We also carry the specialty T-nuts with locating pins and stops.
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More Tormach Fab Lab Videos:
- Getting Started with Tension/Compression Tapping
- Getting Started with Auto-Reversing Tapping
- How to Swing Indicate a Square
- How to Swing Indicate a Circle
- How to Bore an OD
- How to Bore an ID
- How to Use a Sine Vise
- Tips for using Strap Clamps
- How to Square a Block