FAQ

General / About

Where can I find info about 5th Axis Products?
You can find the latest information regarding our products in the ‘products’ tab.
Where are 5th Axis products made?
All our products are manufactured in San Diego, CA from American steel and American hardware.
What if I need additional information?

Our e-mail address is [email protected] or
you can call +1 858 505-0432 (option #1) for additional information.  

Are 2D drawings and 3D solidmodels available?
Yes, each product page includes links to file downloads.

The ‘Downloads’ page contains a search bar for locating downloads for specific products.

Product Information

What is the Rocklock system?
RockLock is a patented 4 pull stud system that mechanically locks vises, fixtures, tooling, etc and allows for quick and accurate change over. 

5th Axis Rocklock fixtures utilize the industry standard 96mm/52mm pull stud spacing. This ensures 100% compatibility with Lang, Jergens, Gerardi, Schunk and Gressel 4 pull stud systems. 

The Rocklock quick-change system can be mounted in almost all 3, 4, 5 Axis tables

What is the repeatability of Rocklock?
The repeatability of Rocklock is less than 0.0003″ (0.00762 mm)
What is considered Top Tooling?
Top tooling generally includes anything that mounts to the RockLock system. If it includes pull studs, it’s top tooling.

We offer a variety of top tooling setups, ranging from self-centering vises to multi-fixture pyramids and more in the Products section.

What is a Dovetail Fixture?

A dovetail fixture holds the stock with dovetail cuts. Our dovetail fixtures have a very small profile, which allows more accessibility to the stock material.

All of 5th Axis dovetail angles are 45 degree, and there is dovetail stock prep document for each fixture.

What is hardness of the Vise body?
The hardness of the vise body is 40 HRC.
What is the hardness of the standard hard jaw?
The hardness of the jaw is 55 HRC.
What is the repeatability of the Vise?
The self-centering repeatability of the vise is less than 0.0005″ (0.0127 mm).
What is a Collet Fixture?
The R96-CER40 fixture allows secure holding of round parts with RockLock system.
What is a Master Pallet?
The master pallet is used to align the center bore and the axial positions of the RockLock plates.
What is a Poka Yoke?
Poka Yoke is a Japanese term for mistake-proof. We offer Poka Yoke pull studs to prevent operators from misloading vises and fixtures.
What dovetail angle is used with 5th Axis Products?
All 5th Axis products utilize a 45 degree dovetail.
What is a Master Jaw?

A ‘Master Jaw’ or ‘Hard Jaw’ is a hardened steel jaw with the dovetail and serrated teeth.

What is a soft / machinable Jaw?

‘Soft jaws’ (in steel or aluminum) are machinable, meant to be cut to the profile of the workpiece for secondary operations.

Can I use other tooling with Rocklock plates? (compatibility)
Yes, the pull studs can be machined directly into your existing fixturing. Subplates can be fabricated to adapt your existing tooling to the RockLock system.

Finding the Right Product

Finding the right Rocklock Plates
Finding the appropriate RockLock plates depends on getting the right table drawing for your machine.

From your machine table drawing, we can determine whether your machine would have direct fit or require modification to our standard products. The mounting information for our standard product can be found in our catalog.

If you cannot figure out the mounting information, please contact [email protected]

Finding the right Top Tooling

All of our top tooling kits can fit on either the 96mm or 52mm RockLock system. The appropriate top tooling setup for you will depend on your stock size and application.

*Note that all of our top tooling has a 3D STEP file on its product page. Use this in programming to test for interference.

Can I mount a tombstone in my machine?
Please contact [email protected] for all tombstone inquiries.

How To Buy 5th Axis Products

Domestic
For all domestic customers, we sell through our distribution network. Please check the ‘Find A Dealer’ page.
International
For all international customers, we sell through our distribution network. Please check if your region is supported.

If your region is not supported, please email us:  [email protected].

Do you sell directly to End Users?
No. We only sell through our distribution network.
Can I see a product demo before buying?

Yes, our local sales representatives have demo kits available. Check the Factory Reps page to find a representative near you.

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