Improve Vacuum Clamping on CNC Routers through Gasketing Products and Techniques

Today, the majority of CNC routers that are fabricating parts rely on existing vacuum pump systems to hold the parts. Facilities will spend large amounts of time and resources sourcing their routers, the proper software, the necessary tooling, the right employees, and the perfect materials to make their parts with. But when it comes time to actually make that part and holding it successfully with vacuum, it is ultimately a simple PASS/FAIL test: were we able to hold the part - yes or no? If that answer is NO, then it is because the vacuum was not performing efficiently enough, and the only way to improve vacuum pressure and vacuum hold is with gasketing products. These are the tools that can seal an edge, prevent vacuum loss and change the environment from a simple down-draft system to one that utilizes vacuum clamping. This is completely different science and one that is far, far superior when it comes to holding parts.

This session will look at the proper products and techniques to get a proper vacuum seal under spoil-boards and fixtures. The focus will then shift towards the different products and concepts for gasketing the parts that facilities produce -- because the investment made in CNC router equipment is made to cut parts, not make spoil-boards. When parts are held better, there are numerous advantages, including improved edge quality, extended tooling life, material waste prevention, and creating finished parts in a single pass. This can eliminate tab cutting and onion skins and we will look to see how this can happen in both production facilities making repetitive parts as well as those doing custom work and short runs. Learn how to make your router investment more profitable by holding and cutting your parts better.

  • Date:Thursday, July 22
  • Time:11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Session Code:TH53
Michael C.
All*Star CNC Products