Dimac Tooling, Australia and New Zealand’s leading supplier of accessories and workholding solutions for CNC milling and CNC turning machine tools, is Australia’s largest supplier of soft jaws.
Manufactured at Dimac’s manufacturing facility at Clayton, Victoria for over 30 years, Dimac soft jaws are precision engineered and made from 1040 or K1144 carbon steel. Accurate control of slot width ensures minimum runout when refitting soft jaws that have been previously machined. Another Dimac feature is that the jaws are safely packed into a convenient and robust storage box for maximum protection.
Dimac soft jaws are available in a large selection of sizes covering all brands of chucks. The company also offers custom sizes to suit any application including complete custom workholding.
“We have a huge range that will suit all commonly available power chucks and a big range of sizes for each chuck – in fact for any chuck on the market we’ll have a set of jaws for it!” said Dimac Managing Director Paul Fowler.
“We believe our soft jaws are the best on the market, offering outstanding long life and durability in addition to representing excellent value. Due to growth in the market and economies of scale, we haven’t increased our prices for 15 years and because we manufacture locally we can deliver anywhere in Australia quickly,” Mr Fowler continued.
Soft jaws are commonly used for second operation work on previously machined surfaces in order to prevent part marring and improve concentricity. These parts are generally machined to size, in position on the chuck and can be formed into the desired shape. In contrast, hard jaws are best suited to first operation gripping of black bar.
Soft jaws also have a number of benefits over hard jaws, ideally to grip pre-turned bars as they leave no clamping mark. They provide flexibility for awkward-to-grip parts where irregular surfaces may be present.
After forming, the soft jaws they can be flame hardened to minimise wear. Custom soft jaws can be made to wrap around the work piece to minimise work piece deflection or distortion.
Carbide gripper pads can be fitted to custom soft jaws for gripping forgings and castings. Balancing of non-symmetrical workpieces can sometimes be achieved by varying the amount of material left on each soft jaw.
Additionally, soft jaws come in a massive variety of sizes allowing gripping of parts that would not be possible with hard jaws such as very small or large diameters.
“Our new responsive website provides a really easy to use soft jaw search facility to allow our customers to find the right soft jaws for their requirements,” Mr Fowler went on to say.
Dimac has over 30 years experience in CNC machine tool accessories and are agents for many highly respected brands such as Kitagawa, Cooljet, Reven and Eron.
“Like all the products we sell, our soft jaws are supported by the full back up and support of Dimac technical personnel to ensure the right product is selected and operates at optimum performance,” Mr Fowler concluded.
For more information please contact Dimac:
Paul Fowler, Managing Director
Ph: 03 9561 6155 or email [email protected]