Workholding Products FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about our Blue Photon Workholding Products.

What is it?
The Blue Photon Systems are new revolutionary workholding products that utilizes BlueGrip Adhesives and UV light to bond and grip delicate and complex shaped machined parts.

What makes it unique?
It provides the most versatile method of fixturing of complex geometries while at the same time providing more cutting tool access than any other 5th axis workholding on the market.

Can I mill using the adhesive?
Yes! BlueGrip adhesives are strong enough to stand up to heavy milling. The key is in the fixture design. Simply design the tool utilizing the correct amount of grippers so that your part does not move.

How long does it take to cure the BlueGrip adhesive?
The adhesive is cured in a maximum of 60 seconds; shorter times are possible depending on the bond strength required and the adhesive gap thickness.

How thick can the adhesive gap be?
The gap between the part and the gripper can range from .030 to .120 inches. Learn more about the adhesive and adhesive joint here. >>

Will the adhesive holdup to cutting fluids and EDM oil?
The adhesive can be used in water and oil based cutting fluids.

How hot can the part get?
The adhesive joints must always remain below 100 degrees F.

How many Grippers do I need?
There are several factors involved when deciding on the number of Grippers to use. The forces applied to the part during machining are generally unknown by most users. Your regional sales representative can help you engineer a solution for your unique application. learn more about our patented grippers here. >>

How do I release the part?
The part is released from the fixture by simply twisting the grippers to break the workholding bond. The part can also be released using hot water.

How do I clean off the cured adhesive?
Hot water will remove the adhesive from the part and the Grippers. Blue Photon offers a hot water washer to clean your part and Grippers. Additionally, we offer an adhesive grinder than can be used in a CNC machining center to automatically remove the adhesive from the Grippers. [READ MORE]

What materials will the adhesive hold?
The BlueGrip adhesive will hold steel, titanium, aluminum, composites, ceramics, plastics and many other materials.