Designing 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures
For manufacturers, maximizing production speed while maintaining high part quality is critical for success. Jigs and fixtures are used to make manufacturing and assembly processes simpler and more reliable, reducing cycle times and improving worker safety.
Typically, manufacturers create tooling in metal as needed by machining it in house or outsourcing it. Depending on the forces experienced by the part, it may not always be necessary to produce these tools in metal.
In this white paper, we will explain basic principles and concepts of fixture and jig design, look at how to adapt features typical to machined fixtures for success with 3D printing, and discuss how to leverage the unique benefits of stereolithography (SLA) materials to cut fabrication costs and reduce lead times.