Can the Chick be put on its side to hold tall work like the Quad-I?
BTW We machined the bottom flanges off one of those Chinese Kurt
knock offs to mount it on its side on top of some 2-3-6 blocks. Worked
great, without having to chew up one of our good Kurt's.
Yet ANOTHER reason to get a couple of those puppies. LOL
An angle plate with tapped holes on its sides and Kant-Twist clamps
works well for tall work.
Is there such a thing as a good Kurt vise?
Is there such a thing as a good job working for a Born Again
Is there such a thing as a powerful CAM system that isn't tied to a
good CAD program?
How do you get powerful chaining or eliminate chaining without
powerful CAD being a part of your CAM program?
San Diego, CA
Can you have a decent CAM system if your CAM system doesn't have a
robust and powerful Machining Operations Manager like Siemens NX has?
Is it worth staying with Surfcam, Gibbscam, Mastercam, Edgecam,
Featurecam, Smartcam, etc. if UG NX CAM Express sells for about the
Is it better to have one vendor handle your CAD and CAM needs or two
separate vendors, one for CAD and one for CAM?
Does Delcam Powermill get a significant boost because of technology
developed in Delcam PowerShape? Does this significant boost mean
better chaining and better selection tools?
Should Delcam Powermill become a better-rounded product that is well
suited for production machining and prototype 2 1/2 axis work as well
as getting a lathe module?
Is Delcam Featurecam in danger of becoming a legacy code application
that needs a total rewrite?
Should Delcam's Bart Simpson move to the USA and run Delcam USA
because he has what it takes to lead Delcam forward in the U.S.
San Diego, CA
I'm the only one that uses VX cam here. It works quite well for what I
need it for. And, the whole Cad/Cam system cost us $2k :)
That I'll disagree with. Is it as easy to use as say Mastercam? Nope.
Takes some time to be productive, but once you learn the quirks, it's
quite powerful. It could also be VERY productive on prototype,
production, and families of parts.
Don't let those unfounded speculations get the better of you. We do a
variety of prototype and tooling work, and occasionally get short-run
production jobs. The CNC guys program & set them up. If it's more
than a handful of parts someone else is usually drafted to run them.
It's not made in China.
It's lead screw is covered.
The solid jaw has a better more rigid design than a Kurt vise does.
You can adapt your standard kurt soft jaws with an adapter.
Removing the jaws is very fast.
You don't have to waste a lot of time moving the movable jaw.
The owner of your shop is too cheap to buy one.
San Diego, CA
Kurt's solid jaw supports are keyed and screwed, I've not had a
problem with them. How does Chick do it?
That's a plus factor from an interchangeability standpoint.
We've got some custom jaws and screws that only require about a
quarter turn to remove the jaws. But most of our jaws are normal. The
amount of time for jaw changes (like what ~ 5 min. max), are usually a
pretty insignificant part of a job.
That would come in handy if you were constantly changing from skinny
parts to long parts during a run. But usually a vise is used on one
size part so that feature doesn't seem all that valuable. Especially,
when you can spin a spider handle pretty fast.
You're assuming facts not in evidence. Unlike your particular
employment situation we're a (for profit) job shop, so if a piece of
tooling will help the bottom line then the cost may very well be
justified. But from the features you've outlined so far, I wouldn't
waste the owner's time showing him the Chick vise.
If it has other features you haven't mentioned, I'd be more than
willing to hear them.
If not. Then I guess we're pretty much done here.
I hope you have a Happy Turkey Day.
Bob/Jon, I bought a couple of the 3600V when we got our new VMC:
The fixed jaw on these is no longer keyed and screwed on, it's truly solid. The
coolant flange is gone so you can mount the vise on its side if needed. The
screw has a brush type seal and there is a provision for sliding a piece shim
stock to cover the screw when the vise is opened wide enough to expose the screw.
The two vises came in matched ground at no additional charge, which is nice.
All in all I'm happy with my purchase.
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