Blue Photon’s workholding technology can reduce the number of operations, scrap, and labor; saving time and money. The process involves applying BlueGrip™ workholding adhesive to their grippers and spot curing by ultraviolet light for 60 seconds allowing for 5-axis machining. The part debonds with a ¼ turn twist of the gripper or hot water soak. The residual adhesive is simply removed by the application with pressurized steam or hot water spray and a light peeling action.
Tests have shown that the holding force produced by the grippers can easily withstand the requirements of most machining applications. The material removal rate can exceed expectations verses mechanical clamping when a hard-to-hold part is mechanically clamped, as often times, the pressure has to be limited to avoid component distortion and marking. Blue Photon’s Universal Fixture Kit can secure ferrous and non-ferrous materials as well as superalloys, composites, and most plastics; allowing for infinite workholding capabilities.