ETW has been manufacturing special cutting tools for over 60 years. Over the years, we noticed that we needed to design our tooling around a fixture that has already been designed and built by the customers. This forced our tooling to be longer than ideal due to these prebuilt fixtures’ clearance issues. To get around these issues and to preserve the rigidity and quality of our tooling, in 1996, we decided to begin offering fixturing to our customers as well.
A brief overview of ETW fixture creation process:
A few salient points:
Our manually-clamped fixtures are an inexpensive alternative to some of the more complex and costly hydraulic and rotary fixtures available today.
Benefits of ETW manual fixturing:
ETW also builds and designs hydraulic fixtures. As with all of our designs, every fixture component is designed and tested using 3D modeling before the first component is cut. This ensures a smooth and streamlined process which allows faster manufacturing.
Benefits of using ETW hydraulic fixturing:
Often customers would like to machine multiple sides of their piece-part, but lack a horizontal machining center to do so. Rotary Index fixtures are a great way to solve this problem. At ETW, we can build these fixtures with either manual or hydraulic clamping.
Please see our video for a demonstration on hydraulically timed clamping. The picture in the gallery shows the entire 3D model of this sample two-station Rotary Index fixture, used to machine aluminum castings.
ETW Inc. 1338 Ellis St. Suite 1 Waukesha, WI 53186 • Phone: 262-547-2241 • Fax: 262-547-2899