Jigs and Fixtures

3D Printing for Custom Manufacturing Tools

Manufacturers rely on highly customized jigs and fixtures to ensure quality, efficiency and worker safety. 3D printing streamlines and enhances the production of these tools, resulting in greater productivity and better ergonomics.

Overview of the application

Manufacturing relies on tools including jigs, fixtures, templates and gauges to maintain quality and production efficiency. They are used to position, hold, protect and organize components and subassemblies at all stages of the manufacturing process. And although these tools are virtually invisible when production is running smoothly, their importance becomes evident when problems arise. To avoid production halts or product defects, new jigs and fixtures must be rapidly designed, manufactured and deployed.

Value of using FDM or PolyJet

Jigs and fixtures are commonly fabricated by machining metal, wood or plastic. When this work is done in-house, it can tie up machine tools used for production work. When the work is subcontracted, lead times can take weeks. Whether they’re made in-house or outsourced, jigs and fixtures are subject to the same design-for manufacturability limitations that govern production work. This can result in designs that are not optimal for the operation.

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