Posts made in January 2022

How to Improve CNC Vacuum Clamping

Why do we loose small parts on a CNC Router? Why do we leave tabs that need clean-up later? Why do we have to make two passes or more on some parts?

Is it the router’s fault? Absolutely not. We know the router is capable of because it can make all of our other parts.

Is it the tooling’s fault? Shouldn’t be. The proper tooling should be factoring things like feed rates and types of materials being routed.

Is it the fault of the gantry system? The collets? The software? The operator? The answer is almost always “NO”.

The weak link in the system, and the reason customers cannot cut these parts, is almost always because their vacuum system is not working well enough. Simple as that. If the vacuum “worked better”, small parts would not be a problem. The only tool in the toolbox to improve vacuum work-holding: CNC Gasketing from All Star.

If we are going to do Made In America, let’s do it well. That means we need to do it smart. We need to do it efficient. We need to do it with less waste.

Hold It Better.
Cut It Better.
Profit Better.

RAISED DEDICATED FIXTURE

We cannot thank my customers enough who allow me into their shops and observe their Made In America operations. This customer has three Komo Machine, Inc. routers running in their facility. They have been using our gasketing solutions for over 15 years and they were excited to show us their raised Dedicated Fixtures using In-Board Gasketing (our part CR 25 25). They have about 500 of these Dedicated Fixture Boards (not spoilboards) ready to go at any time. It allows for more parts in less time across their entire product line.

No matter the router. No matter the material. No matter the part. Gasketing solutions holds parts better on that CNC Router. Hold it better. Cut it better. Profit better.

What are you trying to cut today?

 

Guitar Jig with Woodshop Mike

Thank you to Woodshop Mike (https://www.instagram.com/p/CYTp2o-qysn/) who does a great job of making how-to videos to the woodworking world. Now that he has a ShopBot CNC in his shop, vacuum clamping has become a necessary subject to address. Luckily he found us and we were able to send various gasketing products to him in order to improve his work-holding. Mike will be making guitar parts to begin and will be documenting some of his work on his Instagram and YouTube channels. This fixture is using an In-Board Gasketing solution, best for repetitive parts.

Hold it better.
Cut it better.
Profit Better.
In that order.

Cut Parts in Less Time

This customer called us because they wanted to make more parts in less time. They were able to do this when they were able to eliminate the need to do onion skins / tabbing on the part, and the necessary work to clean these edges up before calling it a finished part. We helped the customer to create a Dedicated Fixture using In-Board Gasketing. It allowed his Biesse router to produce his desired PARTS in a single pass. Nobody buys a CNC router to make spoilboards. Companies invest in routers to make PARTS. Why is it then that the only thing most shops gasket for is under their spoilboards? Let’s gasket for PARTS. That is how we maximize vacuum performance.

Hold It Better.
Cut It Better.
Profit Better.

#allstarcnc #cncrouter #spoilboard #cncgasketing

Eliminate leakage and improve Vacuum Hold-down

A high-end toy manufacturer running a Techno CNC was having trouble holding their repetitive parts using their old spoilboard set-up. We told them you need to make an air-tight dedicated fixture for those repeat parts. They started applying cling-wrap everywhere to see where the leaks were occurring. By eliminating leak, they improved vacuum performance.

Hold it better.
Cut it better.
Profit better.

Now, customer is making parts in a single pass (no onion skins or tabbing) and are making more parts in less time. A very happy customer, indeed.

#allstarcnc #cncrouter #spoilboard #cncgasketing