Toolmaker's clamps are a type of clamp used in metalworking and machining applications. They are designed to securely hold a workpiece in place during machining operations, such as drilling, milling, or grinding. Toolmaker's clamps are typically made from hardened steel or cast iron and feature a distinctive shape that allows them to be used in a variety of orientations.
Toolmaker's clamps consist of two main parts: a clamp body and a clamp screw. The clamp body is typically made from a rectangular block of metal with a series of holes drilled into it. These holes allow the clamp to be attached to a work surface using bolts or screws. The clamp screw is a threaded rod that passes through a hole in the clamp body and is tightened to hold the workpiece in place.
One of the key features of toolmaker's clamps is their low profile. This allows them to be used in tight spaces where other types of clamps may not fit. Toolmaker's clamps are also designed to exert a high clamping force, which helps to ensure that the workpiece remains securely in place during machining operations.
Toolmaker's clamps are commonly used in applications such as jig and fixture design, tool and die making, and general metalworking. They are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit different applications, and can be used with a wide range of workpiece materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.