3D Printing for Jigs and Fixtures
Customize everything from work holding devices to test-fixture components
“Stratasys 3D Printing enables us to produce assembly and machining fixtures in one-quarter the time and at one-half the cost as conventional machining.”
— Richard Lute, senior mechanical engineer, Diebold
Unlike CNC machining and related processes, 3D printing doesn’t get more expensive and time consuming just because your design is more complex. That flexibility frees you to optimize jigs, fixtures and other manufacturing aids, for specific tasks, components, individuals or equipment.
Bring production online faster and avoid more costly errors. 3D printing work holding devices, dunnage trays, kits, guides and templates is a great way to support agile manufacturing and improve product quality.
Reduce wear and tear on robotic arms, motors and bearings by reducing end-effector weight. By 3D printing with lightweight plastics, you can control material density, consolidate gripper or fixture components, embed fittings and sensors, or create hollow channels for cables or vacuum lines.
Customize protective guards and covers for valuable equipment. Tough, impact resistant 3D printing materials like FDM Nylon 12 can withstand punishing conditions on the shop floor.
Health and Safety
Improve worker safety and comfort. Switching from traditional metal tools to lightweight thermoplastics can help operators move for freely and comfortably to reduce strain and enhance productivity. Work-holding devices, jigs and fixtures can be customized to each individual and task for better ergonomics.
Support your quality-control process with part-specific tools, cradles, text-fixture components and measurement aids. You can even 3D print with non-slip or static-dissipative materials that won’t scuff finished surfaces or damage sensitive components.
Packaging and Logistics
Streamline the movement of parts within your facility or during shipment. You can customize dunnage trays, kits and boxes for greater portability — and quickly revise your designs as parts or processes change.