3D PRINTED JIGS & FIXTURES
ON THE FACTORY FLOOR
Save time and money with lightweight, 3D printed factory tooling produced on-demand
You can't wait to find out, how you could use 3D printed tools in your production?
REDUCE LEAD TIME BY 90%
Minimize logistics by manufacturing jigs and fixtures in-house.
up to 94% cheaper tooling
Cut tooling costs with digitized production and reduced assembly.
DIGITAL INVENTORY ON DEMAND
Print tools on demand from a digital inventory to save time and storage space.
Production aids and inspection tools are expensive and slow to manufacture, typically outsourced and requiring many design iterations prototyped over 8 to 10 weeks. Handheld jigs can be heavy and cumbersome to use, while complex fixtures may require extensive assembly and costly components.
BigRep 3D printers are a game-changer for virtually any factory tooling aid from production and assembly to quality assurance. Produced in-house and on-demand, 3D printed tooling drastically simplifies logistics and lead times, while significantly cutting costs up to 94%. Lightweight, strong, and ergonomic 3D printed factory aids are customizable and multi-functional.
Problems of Traditional Factory Tooling
Expensive material and labor costs
Slow to iterate and produce
Large, costly inventory storage
Heavy and non-ergonomic
Outsourced to third party supplier
NDA required for external providers
Solutions with 3D Printed Factory Tooling
Minimal material and labor cost
Agile production easy to iterate and customize
Digitized with no physical inventory
Lighter and topology optimized
Produced in-house on demand
Design knowledge is protected in-house
3D Printed Production and Assembly Aids
Ford embraced additive manufacturing 30 years ago and now relies on BigRep for large-format 3D printing to produce full-scale jigs and quality assurance tools in one single piece. For Ford, the cost savings are huge, as their BigRep machine paid for itself after just the first few prints.
Handheld Alignment Jig
Ford uses lightweight 3D printed alignment jigs to correctly place logos and decals on their cars.
Fast and easy to customize, 3D printed assembly jigs ensure correct alignment, attachment, and securing of workpieces.
End-of-Arm Robotic Gripper
The Adaptive Robotic Gripper is capable of gently gripping any geometry, even small and delicate parts.
Welding and Milling Fixtures
Produced in a fraction of the time, 3D printed fixtures can greatly improve the quality of welding and milling jobs.
Tube Bender Collet
Kawasaki uses customized 3D printed bender collets to grip and guide tubes during CNC bending.
3D printed soft jaws perfectly hold workpieces too complex for standard vice jaws and can be produced faster and cheaper than standard methods.
Quality Assurance with 3D Printed Tooling
Walther Automobiltechnik (WAT) makes the most of their BigRep 3D printer by producing all kinds of factory tooling and production aids. From inspection fixtures and tool holders to mistake-proofing, WAT had thoroughly embedded additive manufacturing into their production processes and has seen massive benefits thanks to BigRep.
A Simple Workflow for 3D Printed Jigs & Fixtures
- Design the 3D model (export an STL or OBJ file)
- Prepare the 3D file for printing with BigRep Blade (slice and export a gCode file)
- 3D Print the part
"After two or three successful prints, we already returned the investment on the BigRep machine. Was a huge success."
Lars Bognar, Research Engineer in Advanced & Additive Manufacturing at Ford
"The first prints that we ran lasted 17 days. Since then, we have been pretty much running the PRO non-stop to help us print parts and components using its large capacity of printing, high resolution and accuracy throughout the entire process."
Riley Gillman, Technical Operations Manager at Nikola Corporation
"They were having issues locating a part and came up with this design. I took a look at it and what they had designed seemed easily printable, so I told them it'd be good to go. Five hours later it was ready."
Ross Makovicka, Production Engineer at Kawasaki Motors Corp.
Want to learn more?
Watch the on-demand webinar to learn about:
- Large-format 3D printing and the benefits of 3D printed tooling
- Opportunities to reduce material and labor costs
- Agile production, short iteration cycles, and rapid prototyping
- Success stories of our customers, including Ford Motor Company, Kawasaki USA, Nikola Motor Company, and more
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