Republished from Stratasys
3D printed jigs and fixtures open up new possibilities on manufacturing-floor productivity. 3D printed jigs and fixtures are built from a digital CAD file rather than hard tooling, allowing you to produce aids on-demand, as needed.
3D printing manufacturing aids, rather than machining or molding, allows you to design for optimal performance, and additive manufacturing places fewer constraints on tool configuration. The addition of complexity does not typically increase build time or cost compared to traditional manufacturing methods.
Reduction of Costs
With advantages such as quick turnarounds, part consolidation and near labor-less production, 3D printing jigs and fixtures delivers an overall cheaper venture. TS Tech achieved 31% direct cost savings moving to a 3D printed fixture. The additive process also reduces material waste and helps you avoid costly expenses associated with inventory and storage.
The ease of customization and ergonomic enhancements with 3D printed jigs and fixtures delivers an overall improved performance on the production floor. CAD files can be easily modified before each build, allowing for the painless customization of tools and aids.
These customizations can include contours that improve tool handling and ease of use to help increase worker comfort. Improve efficacy and safety for employees with weight reduction from 3D printed jigs and fixtures. Weight savings up to 90% have been achieved by utilizing high-strength thermoplastics instead of metals.
A complicated jig or fixture that may have been designed for manufacturability and requires extensive machining or other conventional production methods can find new value with 3D printing technology. The design freedom of additive manufacturing removes traditional manufacturing constraints and opens new opportunities for tool configuration.
7/8/2018 03:16:08 am
What exactly are jigs? It seems there are a lot of things I still don't know. It came as no surprise. I am from a generation who had this huge split between obsolete and modern technology. I know a lot of things which are no longer applicable today. It is still being used widely in rural areas though and I think they have less carbon footprint. I don't live in a far away province so all of these ignorance never seemed to work for me. The need to constantly update myself with new technology can be stress full because we don't even know yet if they will have drawbacks in the next ten to twenty years. It's too early to tell.
9/11/2020 08:48:47 pm
I do not have some basic information about 3D printing nor I know about its preparations because I baling to Education department and teaching is my occupation but I am not feeling the need of it for my work.
9/25/2020 03:51:05 am
I think 3D printed jigs and fixtures open up new possibilities on manufacturing-floor productivity. 3D printed jigs and fixtures are built from a digital CAD file rather than hard tooling, allowing you to produce aids on-demand.
1/16/2022 10:53:41 pm
3D printed jigs and fittings, in my opinion, bring up new possibilities for manufacturing-floor productivity. 3D printed jigs and fixtures are created from a digital CAD file rather than hard tooling, allowing you to create aids on demand.
Leave a Reply.