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Engineering & Design

Engineering & Design

We custom design workholding solutions to fully address the parts features and workholding application. Some companies create “custom” chucks by altering a standard item to “make it work”. Skill-Craft takes a systematic approach to design a chuck custom to you – custom to your application and custom to your part.

Whether you are replacing an existing chuck or having troubles with a current application, Skill-Craft engineers can provide you with the appropriate solution to your needs.oduct Design and GibbsCAM for Product Manufacturing.

  • FEA Analysis
  • Fatigue Analysis
  • 2D/3D Design


Skill-Craft specializes in problem solving with over half a century of knowledge in workholding applications. Let Skill-Craft’s engineers provide you with a solution if you are having trouble with:

  • Constant maintenance of current chuck
  • Out of round finished products
  • High scrap rates
  • Non-conforming production parts
  • Chatter while machining
  • Long change over times
  • Poorly manufactured replacement tooling
  • Long lead times for chuck assemblies or other perishable items

Reverse Engineering

  • Don’t have prints of a current product, or don’t know who made it? That’s no problem!
  • Skill-Craft has the most up-to date gages and checking capabilities that you don’t need a print: Provide us with a current part and we will produce an identical replica.

Design Specifications

With the latest, cutting edge design software and FEA analysis programs, Skill-Craft can provide you with the necessary drawings you need for your application. We can upload or provide engineering drawings in:

  • dwg
  • .dxf
  • .ipt
  • .iges
  • .stp
  • .iam

Competitive Advantages & Strengths

  • Long term ownership (33 years)
  • (3) graduate engineers: Multiple employees with each having 25+ years dedication to Skill-Craft
  • Knowledgeable with both Skill-Craft and non Skill-Craft  workholding products: Continuous improvement achieved by transferring this knowledge to own custom designs
  • Repair both Skill-Craft and non Skill-Craft chucks to achieve like new accuracy
  • Excel in back engineering when no prints are available
  • High Powered Expertise/Low Cost Business Structure
  • Latest Automated Design and Manufacturing
    Technology (CAD, FEA, CAM, CNC)
  • Precision/stability/repeatability (20-50 millionths) at high speeds >5000 RPM’s
  • Collets manufactured to a tolerance of .0001 inch
  • World class reliability and maintainability
  • AAA credit rating