Jigs and fixtures are tools used in machine manufacturing. It is usually used to fix the workpiece in the proper position and guide the cutting tool. This is to enable the operator to minimize cutting errors and reduce injuries. One of the main advantages of clamps and fixtures is that it can help workers easily install or assemble parts under the guidance of the fixtures. This will greatly reduce time and errors. Generally, the materials used to make jigs and fixtures are steel or aluminum.
With the use of particulate FGF 3D printers
, the cost of manufacturing these tools has been greatly reduced. Designers can also let go of their thinking when designing more complex designs without being restricted by injection molding. Complex shapes such as contours and irregular models are no longer restricted by traditional methods.
Many manufacturing companies have been committed to improving productivity and reducing costs. Lean production techniques and the implementation of inspection tools, jigs and fixtures in the production line help to achieve these goals.
3D printing technology can achieve a high degree of customization by including complex parts in the design. Its excellent speed and precision become an ideal solution for production inspection tools, fixtures and fixtures. Another advantage of 3D printing is that it reduces weight, and lighter tools increase productivity and improve safety.
In addition to all these advantages, 3D printing jigs and fixtures are also suitable for companies that produce small batches. Just click the slicing software and within a few hours you can get the fixture/fixture on site without any other processing. The digital database also allows designers to update and redesign tools effortlessly.
Using 3D printing, the accuracy of printing tools can reach one thousandth of an inch. This makes it ideal for production quality control, testing and inspection fixtures. There are many kinds of materials used for printing tools, which can be PEEK, PPSU or other engineering plastics. These polymers have surpassed in terms of chemical resistance, heat resistance, and impact resistance. Compared with metals, these polymers are also soft and will not damage the surface of sensitive products. With the help of 3D printing, the device can be more ergonomic than the old device. This means that the factory will provide a safer environment for workers and increase productivity.
By replacing all those traditional metal production lines with engineering plastics, many manufacturing companies have begun to slowly transform into the 3D printing industry.