How to Choose the Right Table For Your Tilt
A tilting rotary table is one where a rotary tool is placed on a pivot. It can be moved in a horizontal (flat) position or vertically (hedged). In most cases it isn’t necessary for the rotary tool to be totally machined while both ways being used. In this instance you can simulate it in other means. However it still does signify there are two classes of choices to be made.
There are tilting and non-tilting (engaging) rotary tables. The tilting table is used more commonly, as it’s easier to utilize. It has a movable surface that you use to write on, draw, and manipulate. Non-tiltable are much like the tilting tables where you can still do these things but without using the surface.
With tilting rotary tables the material that is machined on the top face of the tool is visible to the person working at the other end. When this happens, the operator can simply move their hands over the top of the table to see what they are doing. On a 5-axis machine the angle, the material is moved is dictated by the axes, which are: Yaw, Pitch, and Roll.
When using a tilting rotary table with a horizontal cut, the tool can be lifted up. Then the operator can work on the material in any direction he desires. For example, if the piece is to the right of the operator, he can move it to the left. If he wants to move it up, he can do that as well. The only way he can get an error out of this is to make sure he has his hand on the horizontal axis and his elbow is pointing up so he does not accidentally move it to the wrong side.
5-axis tilting rotary tables require a different set of hardware than those used for tilting. One difference is that you will need a horizontal angle plate to support the weight of the material being machined on it. The plate is mounted on the vertical axis and is balanced by a counterweight. The material is placed on the plate and manipulated along the axis with the appropriate counterbalance lever.
Some tilting rotary tables have a hydraulic clutch system instead of a mechanical clutch. This means the operator needs to provide a manual power source. You have to check this when buying your table. Other tilting movement systems use electrical motor-driven clutches. You have to determine which one you prefer because each has its advantages and disadvantages. Whatever way you choose, just ensure that it works properly and your work will be easier.