Workholding

Workholding is the science of keeping your part in place through locating and clamping. Workholders will keep your workpiece in a specific spot while you perform a machining operation. Workholders range from standard devices such as chucks to the dedicated fixture created by a tool designer.
These classes will answer your questions about workholding. The content is for individuals who need information about the process of workholding and the products to make it happen. Content covers the use of common components as well as specialized applications for the more experienced users.


Class Functional Area Format Difficulty Version Department
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Classes 1 to 9 of 9
Introduction to Workholding 101

"Introduction to Workholding" describes the purpose of workholding, basic workholding devices, and how workholding devices are used. Workholding devices are used to locate, support, and secure workpieces for a variety of manufacturing operations, including machining, welding, and assembly. Common workholding ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Intro to Workholding 104
Machining Online Beginner 2.0 Workholding
Supporting and Locating Principles 106

This class describes the fundamental theory to properly supporting, locating, and clamping a workpiece. Includes an Interactive Lab.

Machining Online Beginner 1.0 Workholding
Locating Devices 107

This class identifies the most common types of locating components used in custom workholding devices and fixtures.

Machining Online Beginner 1.0 Workholding
Chucks, Collets, and Vises 110

This class identifies the standard workholding devices used for both the mill and the lathe.

Related 2.0 Class:
Chucks, Collets, and Vises 141
Machining Online Beginner 1.0 Workholding
Clamping Basics 131

"Clamping Basics" describes the fundamental principles and concepts of clamping for manufacturing operations as well as common clamps and how to use them. Machine operators use clamps to hold workpieces in place and prevent their shifting during an operation due ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Clamping Basics 108
Machining Online Beginner 2.0 Workholding
Chucks, Collets, and Vises 141

"Chucks, Collets, and Vises" discusses the basics of three of the most common workholding devices in machining. Chucks, collets, and vises are highly flexible workholding that can be used in a variety of operations and with a range of workpiece ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Chucks, Collets, and Vises 110
Machining Online Beginner 2.0 Workholding
Fixture Body Construction 200

This class discusses common tool body forms and the material and cost considerations associated with their construction.

Machining Online Intermediate 1.0 Workholding
Fixture Design Basics 201

Fixture Design Basics describes the components and purposes of fixtures and the fundamental concepts related to creating efficient fixtures. Fixtures are custom workholding devices used in many manufacturing operations to secure, support, and locate a workpiece. Fixtures are created through ...

Related 1.0 Class:
Fixture Design Basics 210
Machining Online Intermediate 2.0 Workholding
Drill Bushing Selection 230

This class will identify the major groups of bushings and their appropriate use.

Machining Online Intermediate 1.0 Workholding
FormatFunctional AreaDepartment IDDepartmentClass IDClass NameDescriptionDifficultyVersionLanguageRelated Classes
OnlineMachining100Workholding360010 Introduction to Workholding 101 "Introduction to Workholding" describes the purpose of workholding, basic workholding devices, and how workholding devices are used. Workholding devices are used to locate, support, and secure workpieces for a variety of manufacturing operations, including machining, welding, and assembly. Common workholding devices include chucks, collets, vises, jigs, and fixtures. These common devices are used for the majority of workholding in a wide range of applications.Workholding is one of the most important aspects of a number of manufacturing operations. Having operators who understand how to use the various workholding devices is essential for efficient, safe, and high-quality part production. Proper use of workholding improves production speed as well as part tolerance and finish. After taking this class, users will be able to explain the purpose of workholding, identify common workholding devices, and describe how to use workholding devices.Beginner2.0English(100104) Intro to Workholding 104
OnlineMachining100Workholding100106 Supporting and Locating Principles 106 This class describes the fundamental theory to properly supporting, locating, and clamping a workpiece. Includes an Interactive Lab.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMachining100Workholding100107 Locating Devices 107 This class identifies the most common types of locating components used in custom workholding devices and fixtures.Beginner1.0English
OnlineMachining100Workholding100110 Chucks, Collets, and Vises 110 This class identifies the standard workholding devices used for both the mill and the lathe.Beginner1.0English(360040) Chucks, Collets, and Vises 141
OnlineMachining100Workholding360030 Clamping Basics 131 "Clamping Basics" describes the fundamental principles and concepts of clamping for manufacturing operations as well as common clamps and how to use them. Machine operators use clamps to hold workpieces in place and prevent their shifting during an operation due to cutting or other forces. Common clamps include strap, swing, and toggle clamps, and manufacturers use them in an array of applications, including machining, assembly, and inspection.Clamping is used in a wide array of manufacturing operations, making an understanding of how to clamp essential for most operations. Proper clamping can improve productivity by increasing the speed of manufacturing, lower costs by reducing the need to scrap or re-work parts, and improve part quality by allowing for tighter tolerances and better surface finish. After taking this class, users will understand the basic principles and considerations of clamping and be able to identify basic clamp types and describe how to use them.Beginner2.0English(100108) Clamping Basics 108
OnlineMachining100Workholding360040 Chucks, Collets, and Vises 141 "Chucks, Collets, and Vises" discusses the basics of three of the most common workholding devices in machining. Chucks, collets, and vises are highly flexible workholding that can be used in a variety of operations and with a range of workpiece types. Chucks and collets are lathe workholding used for turning, grinding, and drilling, among other operations. Vises are mill workholding used for the entire range of milling operations and can also be used for grinding and drilling operations. Important aspects of chucks, collets, and vises include usage, types, and setup.After taking this course, users will understand how and when to use chucks, collets, and vises. Knowledge of how to use chucks, collets, and vises is essential for all machine operators. The ability to effectively use these devices increases productivity, improves part quality, and reduces waste.Beginner2.0English(100110) Chucks, Collets, and Vises 110
OnlineMachining100Workholding100200 Fixture Body Construction 200 This class discusses common tool body forms and the material and cost considerations associated with their construction.Intermediate1.0English
OnlineMachining100Workholding360110 Fixture Design Basics 201 Fixture Design Basics describes the components and purposes of fixtures and the fundamental concepts related to creating efficient fixtures. Fixtures are custom workholding devices used in many manufacturing operations to secure, support, and locate a workpiece. Fixtures are created through combining fixture bodies, supports, locators, and clamps. Fixture components come in a variety of options that designers choose between depending on the workpiece and operation.Fixture use often leads to finished parts with stricter tolerances and improved surface finishes. Fixtures can also increase efficiency in many aspects of an operation, such as facilitating easier loading and unloading of parts and reducing the need to rework parts. After taking this class, users will understand the fundamental concepts of fixture design, the appropriate uses of fixtures, and the benefits of using fixtures.Intermediate2.0English(100210) Fixture Design Basics 210
OnlineMachining100Workholding100230 Drill Bushing Selection 230 This class will identify the major groups of bushings and their appropriate use.Intermediate1.0English