Engineered Tooling with 3-D Printer
The tooling of vibratory feeders traditionally involves manual fabrication, a process that presents challenges when an application requires a duplicate feed system, or a product enhancement requires a change of tooling for the part orientation process.
Our 3-D printer allows us to create engineered prototypes of bowl feeder tooling that are more easily duplicated with newer machining technologies. These printed prototypes offer improved accuracy during the system debug process.
The Advanced Process
1 - Collaboration between Designers and Feeder Tooling Technicians ensure a blend of proven tooling technique and manufacturing design protocol
2 - Designers employ 3D CAD software to bring the tooling concept into a 3D viewable form
3 - The 3D model is uploaded to the 3D printing device
4 - Various plastic materials can be utilized to create a replica of the 3D model depending on how the tooling will be used.
5 - The finished printed tooling can then be mounted to the feed system to prove the concept
6 - The plastic printed model is durable enough for testing and minor modifications can be made by the Tooling Technician to assist in finalizing its design
7 - Continued testing is undergone to confirm final tooling design.
8 - During this process, the time and material saved by 3D printing means that any major changes to the tooling can be accommodated quickly, new tooling can be printed, and testing can continue within hours instead of days.
9 - Finalizing the tooling means the 3D model can be used in conjunction with CAD/CAM software and CNC machining stations to create the final product
10 - Advanced CNC machines coupled with highly skilled machinists allow for the final tooling components to be created even when complex geometries are involved
11 - This results in an accurate and repeatable tooling process which can save time and money on reproduced projects or allows for a feed system to be repurposed for a similar part which in the past may have required an entirely new feeder be built, but in this case new machined components can be inserted and replaced.
The advanced motion of the equipment tied to our CAD/CAM software allows for more advanced designs to be created and repeated.
This technology allows for the creation of geometrically complex machined pieces that improve the precision, integrity, and esthetics of machined components.
ProtoTrak Machined Tooling
With our track machining capabilities, our vibratory feed system tracking components are constructed on our new ProtoTrak CNC’s in longer lengths to reduce seams for longevity and durability.