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CNC Tooling, Workholding, and FixturingTechniques

This is a sub-section of our CNC Machining and Manufacturing Cookbook. It offers articles about CNC Tooling, Workholding, and Fixturing Techniques.

The overall Machining Cookbook is organized according to the Manufacturing Lifecycle, and these articles are germain to the Setup portion of the Lifecycle.


Table of Contents


Setup Prepare machine so it is ready for operator to produce multiple parts

Optimizing Tool Stickout

What Are the Best Toolholders?
Tool Data Management

Stop-Loc Tool Collet Setup Tool
Spindle Orientation, Drive Dogs, and Repeatable Runout

Parabolic vs Standard Twist Drills

Using Helical Interpolation for Hole Making


CNC 4th Axis Basics Series of Articles: What they can do, how they work, workholding, etc.

Measuring and Controlling Clamping Force in a Vise
Mill a Strip of Parts in a Vise

Lathe Workholding Page



Fixturing Basics: What Every Machinist Should Know About Fixturing

Fixturing With Vacuum Tables or try this Vacuum Table Video
Super Simple Keyed Fixtures for CNC Mills

Mitee Bite Clamps and Shopmade Pallet Fixture
Pot Chucks for 5C Collet Systems: Fixtures for Lathes

Fixturing a Hobby Mill for Making Fly Fishing Reels
Expanding Studs for Fixturing



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Featured Articles

Step-By-Step Guide to Making CNC Parts

CNC Router Cutter Types

Why Use a Single Flute Endmill?

Step and Servo Motor Sizing

The Truth About Tool Deflection

10 TIps for Router Aluminum Cutting

2 Tools for Calculating Cut Depth and Stepover

CNC Machine Hourly Rate Calculator

Special Purpose CNC Calculators

Feeds and Speeds Guide

CNC Cutter Guide

Feeds and Speeds By Material

G-Code Tutorial

  Feed Rate Calculator

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