Downdraft vs Vacuum Clamp CNC Router

For those CNC Router operators that do production parts, we encourage these facilities to implement Dedicated Fixtures for improved router performance. The basic MDF spoilboard is leaky, drafty and a very ineffective way to get max vacuum to the PART, the most important thing in the whole process. A Dedicated Fixture like these are working towards creating an air-tight system runs FAST and EFFECIENT and very helpful to those shops looking to make more parts in less time.

This fixture is a thing of beauty. Poly furniture is tough to cut. This customer made a series of air-tight fixtures. Each fixture utilized our In-Board Gasket, being placed inside pre-routed channels. Locating dowels keeps raw material in place. These parts were cut in a single pass. It was very impressive to watch this operation purr. This dedicated fixture became a very efficient tool for what they are doing. Took a short time to make these fixtures, but now that they are done their time per part is now

CNC Dedicated Fixture

Dedicated fixture is a game changer.

10% of what it used to be.

Since finding our solutions a few years ago, this customer will no longer even attempt to cut a part on any of his seven routers without first utilizing one of our gasket solutions to vacuum clamp his part. A one-time recordable injury in the shop as a result of a part flying off the table started his journey looking for our type of solution, and now he is EXTREMLY happy he did as he cuts parts faster, cleaner and with less waste (and zero parts flying from the table).

If you own or operator a CNC router, we look forward to working with you one day and helping you get the most out of your CNC Router investment..

Pod and Rail CNC Router Dedicated Fixture

Every shop we deal with is unique. There are so many different variables that can change (type of router being used, type of material being cut, type of tooling being utilized, type of elevation being based, etc.) that no two shops are ever the same. But every customer that finds us is looking to address a difficulty that they all share: To improve the work-holding of the parts they are looking to vacuum down on their CNC router. We can help them do this is a variety of ways…

This particular customer last week called using multiple 5-axis pod-and-rail machines. Yet they called as they wanted to enjoy the benefits of a nesting table for a particular repeat job that they were looking to vacuum better. Needed the ability to route angled pieces out of a single sheet to later be miter-folded together. We talked them through the idea of making a dedicated fixture to fit over their pods. Used an in-board gasket to seal the vacuum chamber area under each part. Major improvement. Now that the proof of concept has worked, they will be making the same fixture out of a UHMW-type material to prevent leak through the current MDF set-up. Also mentioned to get their vacuum channels closer to the tool path as that is where the torque is occurring. Both of these improvements will result in improved vacuum performance on these particular parts.

The whole fixture set up will 100% percent result in more parts in less time, less waste and cleaner edge quality.

Hold It Better.
Cut It Better.
Profit Better.

If All Star CNC Products can help to improve the work-holding on someone’s CNC router, we will look forward to working with them. Our unique line of CNC Gasket products and concepts will have a specific solution for nearly every application that a customer will present to us. Parts don’t budge in air-tight systems. Gasket creates air-tight systems.

It is possible to make a dedicated fixture with a Pod and Rail CNC Router.

CNC Routers are Capable of Amazing Things

CNC Routers are capable of amazing things. Don’t let poor vacuum performance and inefficient work-hold limit the machine’s production.

Some CNC Router operators are told that if they cannot hold their parts with their existing vacuum system, that they need to upgrade their vacuum pump. That can be a major, unexpected cost for someone trying to keep their business running.

Looking for a more effective, science-based solution: All Star’s gasket products and techniques. Like the lip on your freezer door, gasket materials seals the edge, maximizing vacuum pressure. It allows our customers to not only cut their parts better, faster and with less waste, but they become happier with their CNC’s abilities.

Hold It Better.
Cut It Better.
Profit Better.

 

Poor Vacuum performance limits your production ability.

 

Eliminate Leak to Improve Vacuum

Helping Made In America, one shop at a time.

This Northern Nevada customer was so happy with the Laguna Tools CNC Router they had been using for all these years, that they recently added a 2nd Laguna to the shop for more capacity. As happy as they are with their machines, work-holding with vacuum can still prove problematic on some parts. So they welcomed us in and gave us an Inside Look at how they are making (and holding) their parts.

First we checked (and replaced) the Grid Gasketing (our P/N UMG 25 312) in the table. This helped. Then we looked at to vacuum the parts. For his particular shop, we created a special fixture with three individual zones using Tile Gasketing (our P/N TG CR 06). Massive improvement in vacuum system effectiveness after those few small adjustments. Yes, they could have ran the job without our assistance. But after we made these changes, same jobs were running in less time, less waste, less steps and less headaches.

Hold It Better.
Cut It Better.
Profit Better.

To the next Made In America shop that is out there working so hard to make YOUR parts as best you can, as quickly as you can, as efficiently as you can, we look forward to working with you one day….

 

Spoil Board on top of the table gasket

On Board Gasket can be used directly on a spoil board.

Tile Gasket a great option for universal parts. It is applied directly to the spoilboard.

Tile Gasket a great option for universal parts. It is applied directly to the spoilboard.

It is quick and easy to adjust your Z for Tile Gasket

Quickly apply Tile Gasket. It increases the holding power of your Vacuum and prolongs the life of your spoilboard.

Table Gasket is like the lip of the freezer door.

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.

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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.

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Coach’s Corner: Cover Gasketing

Coach’s Corner: Cover Gasketing

 

In this video Coach Mike will walk you through the various step, tips and tricks to maximize the use Cover Gasketing products. We developed Cover Gasketing for customers that are making dedicated fixtures, but for the smallest of parts. These small parts, those with tight angles and/or or narrow portions, make it difficult to gasket for using a radiational Dedicated Fixture / In-Board Gasketing approach due to the size constraints. So there is no better way to MAXIMIZE vacuum surface area than by utilizing All Star’s Cover Gasketing approach.