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(VIDEO) Blue Photon Product Video

May 28th, 2020 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon is ecstatic to announce the following release of their new product video with examples demonstrating the Blue Photon technology and workholding system.

For a more in-depth visual of how Blue Photon’s ultraviolet (UV) workholding technology is a solution to your workholding needs, check out the video below:

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Workholding for High Accuracy Medical Device Machining

May 20th, 2020 by Blue Photon

Post Processing | 3D printing presents challenges in workholding for finish machining

Mark Kirby
AM Business Manager,
Renishaw Canada

Metal 3D printing can enable rapid, low cost iterations of new medical devices, since no tooling costs are involved. All devices need testing to uncover problems and develop solutions—allowing the product shape to change “for free” is a powerful advantage with Additive Manufacturing (AM). Other benefits flowing from AM besides enabling more complex geometry are improved accuracy with no component tolerance stack up, and a simplified supply chain with reduced part count. Read the rest of this entry »

Turning to an Adhesive for Lathe Workholding

May 19th, 2020 by Blue Photon

5/19/2020 | 4 Minute Read

Turning to an Adhesive for Lathe Workholding


“Adhesive cured by ultraviolet light is an option for securing parts for machining that could otherwise distort when traditional, mechanical clamping techniques are used.”

Check out the article from Production Machining Blog to learn how BlueGrip workholding adhesive could be a solution to your turning applications:

Turning to an Adhesive for Lathe Workholding

Photo of Blue Photon adhesive being activated on a gripper with UL light

Thin rings such as this one are candidates for a photo-activated adhesive workholding process. The process eliminates part distortion that can might happen when conventional, mechanical clamping devices are used.

For some turning applications, chuck jaws or other conventional workholding devices for CNC lathes can cause a part to distort as clamping force is applied. This can be the case for large, thin rings such as the one shown on the left. Those workholding elements can also prevent full access to a part, which might necessitate reclamping for an additional operation.

Blue Photon offers an alternate workholding method for these types of situations that uses adhesive cured by ultraviolet (UV) light to secure a part for turning. It can also be used for other processes such as milling, grinding, electrical discharge machining and 3D printing/additive manufacturing.

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Join us at Southtec!

October 4th, 2019 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon® will demonstrate the advantages of their photo-activated adhesive workholding system at Southtec 2019 this October in Greenville.

Blue Photon’s workholding products are a manufacturer’s solution to hold parts for tight-tolerance machining and inspection. Complex-shaped, hard-to-hold parts, and delicate materials like ceramic and laminated composites are well suited to the technology which supplies up to 605 lbs of tensile holding power per patented gripper. Any part that is at risk for distortion from mechanical clamps, or that pose complications in fixture design and tool access, are easily and simply held with Blue Photon’s patented grippers and BlueGrip™ workholding adhesive.

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Leader all set to be A1 at EMO 2019

August 15th, 2019 by Blue Photon

From the 16 to 21 September 2019, the German city of Hanover will once again play host to one of the world’s most important engineering events, the EMO international machine tool and manufacturing technology exhibition.

Here, on Stand A1 in Hall 6, Leader Chuck International will demonstrate the very latest workholding and productivity enhancing products from its extensive range of products.

Visitors will be able to see first-hand the latest innovations, including Blue Photon, CARVEsmart, Jato Precision and Orange Vice at the company’s 25 sq.m. booth hosting static and dynamic demonstrations of the improved efficiency and accuracy available from all four of these pioneering technology providers.

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Join us at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo!

July 16th, 2019 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon will demonstrate the advantages of their photo-activated adhesive workholding system at the 2019 Advanced Manufacturing Expo in the Metal Working Hall at Booth 2008 on Aug. 22 at the Deltaplex Arena in Grand Rapids, MI from 8:00AM-3:00PM.

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Powerful Workholding With a Light Touch

April 29th, 2019 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon® will demonstrate the advantages of their photo-activated adhesive workholding system at Northwest Machine Tool Expo, Eastec, and Rapid+tct this May.

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Component of Knee Implant

January 31st, 2019 by Blue Photon

The Part: Component of knee implant.

The Material: Cobalt-chromium.

The Problem: Part movement during machining due to the complex shape of the implant and the associated restrictive geometrical and dimensional requirements.

The Solution: Blue Photon’s grip technology, solves workholding struggles by eliminating scrap and rework caused by poor clamping, ensuring that the surface integrity of the implant is not affected.

The Benefit: Allows for automation of your high valued parts.

The future of workholding

December 12th, 2018 by Blue Photon

Shape, materials, and the challenges that lay ahead.

Modern digital design and manufacturing, along with material science breakthroughs, have enabled an extensive array of new products and machines. New technologies developed a decade ago are now beginning to find their way into mainstream manufacturing, with the most significant of these being additive manufacturing (AM) and the introduction of new composite materials. In many cases these new methods and materials cause manufacturers to scratch their collective heads when it comes to machining these parts.

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Blue Photon Technology & Workholding Systems LLC Receives an Honorable Mention in the IMTS 2018 Exhibitor Product Innovation Competition

August 23rd, 2018 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon receives an honorable mention at IMTS 2018IMTS held a contest to recognize the most innovative products that will be on display at IMTS 2018. The contest consisted of a 500-word description identifying the purpose and challenge or problem the product solves, benefits, length of time it takes to be fully operational and train employees, and any other pertinent information. The awards were presented as IMTS most innovative products that exhibitors will introduce at this year’s show.

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