American Modular Tooling: How It Works®
From the smallest to the largest, the most simple to the most complex, AMT can hold virtually any part in any position required by the job at hand. Every American Modular Tooling element is carefully designed for maximum efficiency and cross-system adaptability. Agile parts fixturing and fast development and assembly make the AMT system an ideal addition to lean, efficient methods of manufacturing.
- Fixtures may be built rapidly and modified easily, resulting in an immediate savings of time and money.
- All components are completely reusable, unlike welded fixtures.
- Aluminum is light in weight, resists corrosion and is ecologically sound.
- Modular elements make it easy to duplicate, or repeat, designs.
- Large fixtures, such as body cubes, may be built in sections which can be assembled or dismantled quickly, permitting work at multiple locations.
- A fixture may be assembled away from its site of design.
American Modular Tooling Component Types
Grid plates, Hollows, Special Duty components, Locating and Clamping elements, Connection elements, Tools and Storage, Fixturing Kits and Studio Tools for all types of fixturing needs (clicking any image will take you to Shoppwm.com, our on-line buying site, where you can review all types and sizes of our components):
|Grid Plates provide the basic structural foundation of almost any fixture.||Hollows Lightweight Hollows feature a channeled interior for high accuracy.||Special Duty Components Supports, gussets and foot plates provide added strength.||Tops / Locators Locating and clamping elements hold and locate parts of many shapes and sizes.|
|Connection Elements permit rapid assembly and modification of fixtures.||Tools and Storage specifically designed for AMT.||Fixturing Kits designed to accommodate all varieties of fixturing requirements.||Studio Tools Modeling tables, jigs, bucks and more for Design Studios.|
How it Works®
Simplified tool building is illustrated in dozens of "How it Works" drawings found throughout the new AMT catalog.
|Example of a typical, simple assembly||Plug and lock a nub block onto an AMT Hollow, mount it in your CNC and machine. The finished part will mount directly into your tool accuractly.|
|Heavy-duty supports made of 319 cast aluminum.||
|AMT provides exceptional structural strength|
Modular Milling and Display Jig with Automatic Leveling System
Our inspired design departments latest achievement is designing and developing a complete automatic leveling system for jigs and fixtures for Prototype and Design Studios.
Shown below is an exterior substructure "armature" for prototype applications in the automotive industry. A single push button on the hand box levels the armature in seconds to high accuracy. See our new AMT catalog for details.
|The AMT Leveling System can be applied to a number of different applications (shown with optional cable reels).|
This tools initial weight capacity limit is tested to 10,000lbs, but heavier load values are available.
The armatures modular construction allows for expansion in increments of 40mm in (X) fore/aft, (Y) cross car and (Z) height directions. Adjustable wheel brackets, with production hubs, rotate freely allowing the armature to roll easily on standard wheels and tires and allow finer adjustments for wheel base and tread width. Patent pending: Modular base assembly for vehilce model making. Patent pending: Actuator bracket for a modular base assembly for vehicle model making. Patent No.: US 7,722,059 B1: Complete wheel bracket assembly for a modular base assembly for vehicle model making.
From the smallest to the largest, the most simple to the most complex - Be creative...think modular.