1) Took some parts with me to look at inspection options. The Brown &
Sharpe OPTIV Classic w/ Touch Probe option & Rack (6 probe tool change
positions) looks like a good fit for us. Had them setup and inspect
some critical dimensions for me on the spot, in a word "impressive".
Primarily uses three different light sources to measure. First light
source measuring machine I've seen that can measure in 3D (with the
light source and camera alone). Add the probing and probe rack option
and possibly 4th axis it is a complete and compact package for us.
2) Rego-Fix powRgrip tool holders and hydraulic press. Bought the
system a few months ago, awesome system. Just from tool savings alone,
full payback for the entire system (tool holders, collets & press)
should be less than a year.
1st holder use gauge pin, press fit into holder, took to machine tool
and checked run-out with .0001" indicator, the needle didn't move (at
all). Put in first tool, 1/2" 3 flute carbide EM, 1-1/4" FL, 2"
projection, (Gauge length is about 5.150"), .0001" indicator, checked
just under collet needle didn't move. checked each flute at cutter end
could detect no difference is size. That was a couple months ago,
tool still in machine, still using daily on production runs, Volumill
roughing cycles (up to 1" DOC, 30% Radial DOC, normally 320 IPM) and
finish profile cycles.
3) Big Daishowa, Big Plus "Mega Micro Chuck" , Bought about 30 of
these holders as well. Mostly 105 & 120 mm gauge length. again awesome
holders for small diameter tools, expect payback within a year. Again
like the Rego-Fix, checked tools in machine with .0001" indicator and
can see no run-out (zero). Nice feature, no flat surfaces such as
collet nut, coolant on tool and it stays focused on tool even at
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