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Magnetic 5-Axis Workholding

Replace traditional clamps and vices with Workholding Magnets

The Wilderness of Workholding

If you had the chance to visit IMTS Spark, Techniks was excited to showcase our line of MagVISE workholding magnets. IMTS spark featured various workholding solution providers and the technological advancements in metal fixturing and material handling. It’s easy to see how these technologies can improve production and part quality, but browsing the vast wilderness of vises, blocks, clamps and jaws, only adds to the challenges you already face to improve production.

Magnetic Workholding is Perfect for 5-Axis Machining

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the workholding fixture that’s right for you, including the model of the CNC machine you’re working on, the metal you’re machining, and the specific job you are running. While traditional vises and clamps remain a default solution in many CNC machining centers, advancements in magnetic workholding technology are causing many shops to re-evaluate their workdholding fixtures, especially for 5-axis machining.


MagVISE utilizes the entire bottom surface area of the workpiece and powerful ultrapermanent or permanent magnets to provide unmatched clamping forces. Self-centering vises only grip the very bottom of the workpiece and dovetail systems only clamp a small section of material limiting the clamping forces that can be applied.


MagVISE produces a uniform down-force along the entire bottom surface area to allow machining the part in a free-state without distortion from squeezing or compressing forces. Clamping forces along the bottom of the part from self-centering vises can result in distorting the part, resulting in a loss of accuracy and dimension.


The MagVISE systems do not require any special machining to prepare workpieces. Simply place your parts on the MagVISE, activate the magnets, and RUN!  Dovetail systems require machining a dovetail feature into the bottom of the workpieces prior to running your job.


The MagVISE systems do not disfigure the bottom of the part like self-centering systems and do not require removing a dovetail feature. With MagVISE it’s ONE-AND-DONE!  Self-centering vises can cause the bottom outside surfaces of the part with indentations from the vise jaws or inserts, and dovetail systems leave the dovetail feature on the bottom of workpiece. Parts must be re-fixtured to machine off the bottom in order to finish the part. 


The entire bottom surface area of the workpiece is placed on the MagVISE face greatly reducing vibration for superior results! Self-centering vises often elevate the part above the base of the vise bed and dovetail systems only hold a small section of material on the bottom of the part. These systems allow excessive vibration reducing cutting tool life and producing chattery surface finishes.

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Greg Webb

Greg Webb

Greg has been with Techniks Tool Group for over 23 years serving in many roles from VP of Sales to President & CEO during which he has gained a deep understanding of CNC manufacturing processes and how to optimize tooling and workholding solutions for specific applications. He has written several articles, white papers, and blogs on various tooling, deburring, and workholding-related topics. As a recognized subject matter expert on CNC tooling, Greg is often approached to provide opinions and content for technical articles.

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