Hey guys, it’s Rick here!
Today, we are going to talk about the FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise. I want to show you how you can use the FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise in an unconventional way. I am standing this close to the machine to make you guys understand how stable of a setup we actually have running here. This stability is the main point. The FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise is a very robust vise for great work-holding.
With the machine open now, you can see how we are currently using the FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise. We have got six parts in work at one time and we probe them in. This means that you do not see any ex-locating. Here, we have 2 FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise actually holding the part. The FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise on the right is pushing the part into the other FLEXVISE™ Reversible Modular Dovetail Vise.
The point of this is that you could be doing this with both a small block and a very large block. We like to think of this concept as something that is unique in the CNC Workholding Marketplace. Most, or all, dovetail vises have a limited amount of space to grip parts with. With ours, we can use the whole space, no matter what size machine bed you have.
So, we have this block over here, and you can see the dovetail on it already. We did not make a dovetail further into the block. You can think about this block as growing in size. This does not matter as we are only taking very little material out of the block to actually hold it.
The other thing that we are thinking about is extending this idea even further and creating a dovetail-type modular vise that is not in one piece but in two pieces. You can look for that in the future. We like this idea and we like exploring this concept that we can hold whatever size part we want. In this particular case, we are using the vises to hold six different parts. We are using our “lean concept”, which is that we are machining them all as if they are one part, then we can have one tool, do all the work. It's beautiful and efficient.
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On today’s podcast, we interview Rick Miller, owner, and co-founder of Elijah Tooling, a company that sells innovative CNC work holding equipment. Rick has a knack for coming up with unique products and has several patents in the work holding sector. He says that innovative ideas are vital for success but getting customers to buy into those ideas is what makes for a successful business.
Question: What tool would you like to see invented?
So what we're going to do, is we're going to load our vices, we're going to load a part, we're going to probe it in, we're going to cut it. And then, we're going to go to the next step; which is to load our trunnion, load it, load a part and start it up. What's the point? Well, we're trying to show you how fast you can load and unload your parts of course. And then, also how fast it is to bring the trunnion in, and precisely locate it; get it into place and start machining with it.