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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

IMTS 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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Aero Engine Compressor Blades

August 14th, 2018 by Blue Photon

The Part: Aero engine compressor blade.

The Material: Nickel and titanium.

The Problem: Workpiece distortion due to traditional workholding.

The Solution: Blue Photon’s grip technology with additive manufacturing fixtures, solves your workholding struggles by eliminating clamp induced scrap and rework.

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


Reinventing Workholding Onsite Demos

July 17th, 2018 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon® will demonstrate the advantages of their photo-activated adhesive workholding system at IMTS 2018 this September in Chicago.

Born in the lab and field-tested in manufacturing plants all over the world, Blue Photon’s workholding products are manufacturers’ solution to secure parts for tight-tolerance machining and inspection.

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John Joyce joins the Blue Photon Team

June 19th, 2018 by Blue Photon

We are very excited to announce that John Joyce has joined the Blue Photon team as our National Sales Manager. John has a wealth of experience from his 20+ years in B2B national sales from Illinois Tool Works to Roadmaster (USA) Corp. He not only knows the technical aspects of new technology but also the procedural functions that are important to manufacturers, distributors and representatives.

John also brings firsthand experience from his time at Clear Innovation, LLC as a national sales manager. He has a deep understanding of what the expectations are of an industrial distributor from a manufacturer.

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Blue Photon Releases 2018 Product Catalog

June 13th, 2018 by Blue Photon

Blue Photon® is releasing their new 2018 Product Catalog.

For ease of use, each section contains a picture with description and part number. Their new catalog goes into depth of the Blue Photon product lines and their continued commitment to revolutionizing the workholding industry using innovative photo-activated technology.

The catalog features Blue Photon® Gripper and Insert products, BlueGrip™ Workholding Adhesives, and Adhesive Dispensers and Accessories. Other products include a selection of UV LED Controllers and LED Accessories to quickly cure BlueGrip Workholding Adhesives, a variety of Soak Tanks, Pressure Washers and Cleaning Tools; along with their new Universal Fixture Kit allowing the user to begin using the workholding system immediately by easily adapting to most parts.

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JJ Churchill Ltd reduces machining operations by half with Blue Photon technology

May 10th, 2018 by Blue Photon

Aerospace engineering firm JJ Churchill has announced it has reduced its tooling costs by 5% with a 50% reduction in the number of machining operations on a specific critical part.

This has been achieved with Blue Photon technology which is marketed in the UK and Europe by NCMT Limited.

This technology is applied to a titanium aluminide aerofoil blade component which is an extremely difficult material to fixture and machine. Blue Photon fixes the component to the tool with an adhesive, which cured under UV light, is strong enough for the most rigorous machining techniques including 5-axis CNC. The process is a replacement for encapsulation, providing reduced fixture complexity. Read the rest of this entry »


Case Study: Shop Finds Fixturing Solution for Flexing Parts

November 11th, 2017 by Blue Photon

Precision Grinding and Manufacturing uses an atypical means to fixture thin parts that are prone to flexing when conventional workholding clamps are used: adhesive cured by UV light. -By Derek Korn

Sometimes, the trickiest aspect of developing an effective machining process is figuring out how best to fixture the part. This can be especially challenging for castings and other workpieces that are relatively thin, because those parts are prone to flexing when conventional mechanical clamps (and even vacuum chucks in some cases) are used. Operators must take care not to distort such parts while tightening clamps, otherwise the parts will spring back to their natural state once the clamps are removed after machining. Vibration can also be an issue for parts like these if they aren’t rigidly fixtured, meaning a quality surface finish might be tough to achieve and cutting parameters might have to be dialed back, extending cycle times. Finding a way to effectively fixture complex, contoured parts can be just as difficult. Read the rest of this entry »