One of the biggest steps in moving from manual to CNC is getting away from the Vise! Vises are great - so are soft jaws (check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm6G1WvczsE !) but building and using fixtures is where you can maximize the machines capabilities.
We manufacture Gun Target Hitch Covers which require one machining operation to engrave the faux cardboard perforation lines. When we were just starting out, we machined this one-at-a-time in a vise. But it's time to step it up! This fixture will let us quickly drop six in place! We can be off doing other work while these are running!
Hitch Covers: http://bit.ly/1pannqj
DeWalt Impact Driver used on Fixture: http://amzn.to/1zvQdWw
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Machining Hard Steel with Soft Jaws: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLxynJaxa2g
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