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Custom Sheet Metal

Get ahead of the curve

Author: Wendy Calcaterra

Published: November 16, 2020

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Industry

Sheet Metal

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Challenge

Varying Part Sizes

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Challenge

Suppose you have to fixture parts within four different radius families. Each family has 4 widths, 2 chord lengths, and an inner and outer differential. What that means is that you have (in addition a massive challenge) 64 individual parts to fixture. How do you do it in the most accurate, cost-effective way possible? 

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Solution

  • Octagon plate on robot, direct mount 
  • 8 custom base plates 
  • Innovative engineering 

The solution is two parts engineering expertise, one part modular fixturing and one part wow-factor. Brilliant in its simplicity, the solution starts with an octagon plate direct mounted to a robot. On top, 8 custom-made base plates. Each variation of width is incorporated into the plates and can be set with one set of standard modular components. 

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Results

A total of 32 setups handle all 64 parts, since inner and outer cable tracks can be combined into one setup. Every fixture is digitized for quick shop-floor reference. This makes for quick, repeatable fixturing while also saving money by minimizing the need for an excess of dedicated fixture plates. All four part families can be fixtured with minimal components, no loss of precision, and no hassle. 

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Getting Started with bluco

1. Share your challenge

Upload a description of your workholding application and a CAD model of your part to our secure online portal. Submitting your info doesn’t mean you’ve made up your mind, it just starts a conversation.

2. Talk With Us

Within 1-2 days, an application engineer will call to set up a design consultation. We never contract out, so you’ll deal directly with Bluco and communications will be kept strictly confidential.

3. Review Your Proposal

Once we understand your challenges and goals, we’ll develop custom modular solutions. Then, we’ll review designs as well as purchase and rental options virtually. Check out the rest of our process here.