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Automatic Tool Changers
for CNC Router Tables
Works with Mach3
Starting at Less than
Midwest Rapid Tool Inc. has developed a bolt on Tool Changer which
fits gantry style router tables. Everything needed to implement automatic tool changes is included. A modified
Porter Cable 3 1/4hp
air cylinder, and control modules are fully assembled and mounted on a
3/4" aluminum back plate. The Fixed Tool
Pallet included in the system, has Tool Bays for 8 Tool Holders.
Four Tool Holders with your choice of ER20 collets are included with the system
with additional Tool
Holders available. ER20 collets are available to hold bits with a
full range of shank diameter from .018" through .512". (See
Order Page for list of
individual collets and collet sets). Any standard ER20 collet can
be used which meets the DIN6499 spec.
System Advantages: (click on the headings for more information)
Automatic Tool Changes
- Allows the use of many (up to 8) tool bits without stopping the machine to
change bits and re-zeroing the tool.
Manual Tool Changes
- Fully automatic mode is not always required. Tool Holders
can be changed in less than 3 seconds at the touch of a button for jobs which do not require
automatic tool changes.
Automatic Tool Height
Compensation - A program is included which will
automatically measure the tool bit offsets for each Tool Holder and use this
offset to adjust the tool height during automatic tool changes. Once
the offset is stored in the program the offsets will be used in manual tool
changes as long as the correct tool being used in displayed in the tool in
use dialog box.
- The collet chuck on the Tool Changer contains a feature which locks into the
slots on the Tool Holder. This increases the torque required to cause
the Tool Holder to slip in the collet chuck by nearly 4 times.
Tool Holder Blow Off Feature
- Before the Tool Changer picks up a Tool Holder, several air blasts remove
any dust or debris from the Tool Holder to increase the accuracy of the cut.
- Works with Mach 3. All the macros required to run under Mach 3 are
included. Programming for use with a ShopBot system is also included.
Easy installation -
Since most of the assembly is done at the factory, just drill the Tool
Changer mounting holes using the supplied template, mount the Tool Changer,
and mount the Fixed Tool
Holder then hook up the air line and the cables
from the control modules.
- 100 psi air supply
- 2 software controlled output switches
- 110vac power outlet
- 12 or 24 volt power supply (12v usually taken from the controller power supply).
Complete System Includes: Modified Porter Cable 75182 Router Motor
Tool Changer Bracket
Air Cylinder Bracket
Solenoid Control Module
Tool Pallet, brackets, and hardware
4 Tool Holders
4 ER-20 Collets of your choice
Router Control Module
Back plate Assembly
30' of Control Cable for both control modules
25' Flexible 1/4 Air Tubing
Solenoid, Module, and Cylinder pre piped
Installed Tool Holder Blow Off Air Nozzle
Back plate Mounting Hardware
Tube to standard air line fitting
Four Tool Holders -
With your choice of ER20 Collets (other collets also available to increase
the flexibility of the Tool Holders).
Tool Pallet Mounting Brackets and Hardware
Tool Pallet ground plate
Tool Pallet grounding wire
Grounding wire with alligator clips
COMPLETE SYSTEM $3150