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.
Additional benefits: Allows for automation of your high valued parts.
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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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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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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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 »
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 »
September 1st, 2017 by Blue Photon
Productive Times: Stick With It
By Kip Hanson – Published September 1, 2015
Let’s say you want to machine your initials on your favorite Hummel figurine or cut the likeness of the school mascot on your daughter’s Little League helmet. How are you going to grip them? A conventional way to grip fragile, difficult-to-hold workpieces is to encapsulate them in some sort of potting compound, a time-consuming and wasteful process.
Rather than mix up a tub of two-part epoxy, consider photo-activated adhesive workholding (PAAW). Read the rest of this entry »
May 3rd, 2017 by Blue Photon
Productive Times: Bonded By Light
By Alan Richter – Published May 3, 2017, in Cutting Tool Engineering magazine
Adhesive is applied to the gripper head of a Blue Photon photo-activated adhesive workholding system. Image via CTE and courtesy of Urschel Laboratories.
Urschel Laboratories Inc. manufactures industrial equipment to slice, dice, shred and mill virtually any food product.
According to Bill Monroe, senior manufacturing engineer for Urschel, the company machines parts for the food processors at its only manufacturing facility, located in Urschel’s 350,000-sq.-ft. headquarters. Urschel produces many of these workpieces in its two foundries. “We have a no-bake foundry and an investment foundry,” Monroe said.
As part of a major new project that Urschel, Chesterton, Ind., started late last year, Monroe needed to hold a 300-series stainless steel billet that was convex on one side and then access five sides when machining it on a 5-axis machine. Read the rest of this entry »
April 22nd, 2017 by Blue Photon
Adhesive Workholding Allows Turbine Blades To Be Ground In One Hit
Technique offers the possibility of automated production
A new method for securing a turbine blade prior to machining by gluing one side of its aerofoil to a fixture, rather than using mechanical clamping, allows the root and tip to be ground in one operation. Traditionally, due to clamp interference, at least two operations are required on conventional CNC grinders to machine the fir-tree and wedge face on the root as well as the shroud end features at the tip.
The one-hit manufacturing process is not only faster, but also eliminates work-in-progress and the risk of introducing inaccuracy due to repeated refixturing. The technique is being developed in the UK by NCMT, which sells Makino’s VIPER grinding platforms across Europe. Since May 2015, the company has also been European agent for the patented Blue Photon photo-activated adhesive workholding system from the USA. Read the rest of this entry »
October 20th, 2016 by Blue Photon
Blue Photon is proud to offer a 5-year limited warranty on all grippers, when used exclusively with BlueGrip™ warranty adhesive.
A 5-year warranty means your investment is protected against any failure or defects. These little grippers will stand up to repeated use in many different applications. Use them with our available inserts to protect your fixtures from thread galling and increase the life of your fixtures, too.
Grippers bear the weight of the workpiece, hold the adhesive and allow the UV light through to cure from the center outward. With all the responsibility put on these little tools, it is reassuring to have 5-year warranty confidence from Blue Photon.
The only requirement of the warranty is the exclusive use of BlueGrip™ workholding adhesive with the grippers. And why would you use anything else? BlueGrip workholding adhesive is formulated specifically for Blue Photon’s photo-activated adhesive workholding. It is chemically engineered for our unique system and has been rigorously tested.
Contact us if you have any questions about our warranty. If you’d like to know more about the Blue Photon workholding system, contact us for a hands on demo of our technology.