Horizontal Machining Fixtures
Horizontal Machining Fixture design and fabrication involves a complex process aimed at ensuring efficient machining operations. The design is primarily focused on meeting the requirements of a horizontal machining center (HMC) which is a versatile machine capable of performing various operations such as face milling, drilling, and boring.
The design process begins with the conceptualization of the fixture that will cater to all the required operations. This involves calculating machining forces and visualizing the fixture elements using 3D modeling software like PTC Creo 2.0. A key aspect of the design is the use of standard fixturing elements to ensure repeatability and consistency across machining operations.
The fabrication or manufacturing of the fixture follows the conceptualization and design phase. This process aims at constructing the fixture according to the design specifications. Upon fabrication, a dry run is typically performed to check the functionality of the fixture and to ascertain that the design meets the operational requirements of the HMC. The dry run also helps in determining the cycle time for a single block.
Please note that the design and fabrication process is not a one-off task, but rather a cycle. The design may need to be revised based on the results of the dry run or due to changes in the requirements of the machining operations. This iterative process ensures continuous improvement and optimization of the machining process.